Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair Program

2016 Indian River Regional Science & Engineering Fair

2016 Scientific Review Committee

The Education Foundation would like to congratulate our Scientific Review Committee for receiving a special award from the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair for a job well done.
Science Fair folders have begun moving around the county in preparation for this year's fair which will be held on Saturday, January 30th. This constant back and forth of folders between students, teachers and the Scientific Reveiw Committee may seem a bit overwhelming at times, but there is a legitimate mission to our madness!
We follow the guidelines as outlined for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), the world's largest international pre-college science competition.  The guidelines were established to protect the rights and welfare of the student researcher, to protect the rights and welfare of the human participant, ensure adherence to federal regulations, ensure use of safe laboratory practices and to protect the environment. Therefore we must have a Scientific Review Committee in place for projects that require prior approval. Prior approval is required for projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents or hazordous chemicals, activites or devices.
A total of 1329 projects from across the country and the world were selected to complete at the INTEL Fair held in Pittsburgh, PA in May 2015.  A total of 80 of those projects were flagged for infraction and 15 were ultimately dismissed from participation in the INTEL Fair. We are proud to report that our INTEL participant had no infractions.
Thank you Debra Morse, Josie Lieberman, Linda Clerch, Sarah Rhodes-Ondi, Chuck Evans, Susie O'Toole-Evans and Charles Witte (not pictured).  We are so grateful to have you as our Scientific Review Committee.

2016 IRRSEF Saturday, January 30, 2016 - Gifford Middle School

The Indian River Regional Science and Engineering Fair (IRRSEF) Program is comprehensive and open to all students grades K-12 in public, private, parochial, charter and home-schools. Prior to the establishment of the IRRSEF, students from Indian River County traveled to Brevard County to compete along with students in Brevard. The IRRSEF was the first endeavor of the Education Foundation, and remains its signature program.
Program Services:
  1. Provides training opportunities for educators in the area of science.
  2. Provides outreach programs to teach students and parents how to conduct a successful science fair project.
  3. Provides opportunities for awards and scholarships for students.
  4. Provides a regional forum for scientific achievement, as well as, opportunities to compete at state and international levels.
This program has been highly successful in the following ways:
  1. Science research projects resulting from the IRRSEF have brought thousands of dollars in scholarship opportunities to our students.
  2. This program encourages participation from the citizens of Indian River County as judges and mentors.
  3. The program has been beneficial to teachers. Meetings and workshops offer professional development.
  4. The program offers mini-science seminars for students, parents and teachers.

The Education Foundation partners with the School District of Indian River County presenting this regional level of competition for the students of Indian River County. George E. Warren Corporation, Quail Valley Charities, Wells Fargo, Publix Super Market Charities, Toyota - Kia of Vero Beach and Piper Aircraft Corporation are major underwriters of this program.

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