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College withdrawal leaves Glynn science fair in peril

Special to SEGAZINE

The opportunity for Glynn County students to participate in regional, state, and national science and engineering fairs is in peril. The situation is that since the pullout of the College of Coastal Georgia, no sponsor has been found to continue the Coastal Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair affiliated with the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.

The annual Science and Engineering Fair Directors Workshop takes place at University of Georgia in Athens on Aug. 15. This will be the first time in decades that the Coastal Georgia Region will not be represented if a sponsor is not found. Only students from Glynn, McIntosh, and Ware Counties in the state of Georgia will not have the opportunity to participate in Science Fairs at the state, national, and international levels.

“A science project isn’t just about science,” said Daniel Parshley, Glynn Environmental Coalition Project Manager.

“It is about approaching a new problem with logic and clear thinking, determining what information should be collected to investigate an issue, and formulating independent conclusions based on original data. These are skills that serve the student through life and that every employer wants to see.”

William T. Lipscomb Science and Engineering Awards have been presented for eight years, said Parshley.

“But, recognizing and rewarding outstanding students, teachers, and use of the scientific method might come to an end,” he said.

“We are grateful for sponsorship of the Lipscomb Awards by Pinova and Georgia Power, which resulted in $2,900 in awards in 2013.”

In 2013, nine projects from the coastal Science and Engineering Fair were of such high quality that they advanced to the state finals in Athens, where they earned one second-place and four fourth-place awards. In 2012, 20 projects advanced to state finals. At the state level, projects received awards from the NOAA Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the Tellus Museum, as well as one first place award, two second-place awards, and five third place awards.

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