NORTH ADAMS, MASS. – Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host the 12th Annual Massachusetts Region 1 Middle School Science and Engineering Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in the campus’s Amsler Campus Center gymnasium. *
The event is free and open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker will be Paul Reynolds, a children’s book author who also is the co-founder of FableVision and the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity with his twin brother, Peter Reynolds. He will speak to students at 1:45 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center gym.
About 150 middle school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties will gather to present their research projects to a panel of judges. The top 40 students will qualify for the state competition at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester on Saturday, June 2, and the top 10 percent of the finalists may submit their work to the Broadcom Masters Competition.
More than 30 judges will assess their projects in the areas of biology, behavioral and social science, chemistry, computer science, earth and space science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics and physics. The students’ projects will be judged on several criteria, including scientific approach, innovation and creativity and presentation.
According to MCLA’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program manager, Shannon M. Zayac, the Fair creates a connection between higher education, K-12, local business and non-profit agencies, and helps build student awareness and interest in the pursuit of post-secondary degrees or careers in STEM areas.
At FableVision, Reynolds presides over a growing team of media design, technology and research specialists. He has helped to build the multimillion dollar firm into an internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher, with partnerships, strategic alliances and clients across numerous industries, including broadcast, museum, institutional, K-12, educational publishing, technology, and research.
Reynolds also has taught digital and media production at Boston College for nearly 20 years. A life-long learner, he completed his graduate degree studies at Pepperdine University in educational technology, with a focus on virtual communities of practice and storytelling for transformational and systemic change.
His interest in research contributed to his co-founding of the Research Centre for Media Psychology (RCMP), which looks at ways that media, storytelling and technology foster human potential and well-being across the age span. RCMP is a collaboration between FableVision and Fielding Graduate University, as well as faculty from Harvard, Oxford and UCLA.
The Region 1 Science and Engineering Fair is a program of the Berkshire STEM Pipeline.
For more information, contact Shannon Zayac at (413) 662-5222 or Shannon.Zayac@mcla.edu.
The goal of the Pipeline is to build a connection between higher education, local school children in grades K-12, businesses and nonprofit agencies, and to see that all students are educated in STEM fields. The Pipeline also aims to enable youth to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas, and to raise their awareness of the benefits associated with an increased statewide focus on STEM.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.
For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.
*This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.