U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Delaware State University co-hosted the first-ever Kent County Science Fair in Dover on Wednesday, drawing 66 middle school and high school students who displayed creative and innovative science projects. The science fair was organized to encourage students to pursue an education rooted in science, technology, engineering and math.
"The Kent County Science Fair, and events like it, play an important role in encouraging students to explore careers that require an education based in science, technology, engineering and math," Senator Coons said. "As a chemistry major in college, and after working for eight years at one of Delaware's most innovative materials-based science companies, I was excited to see so many budding scientists at today's science fair. I know first-hand the value of a STEM-based education and it's something I still put to use in my daily work in the Senate. "
DSU President Harry L. Williams said that he was impressed with the middle school students' projects and hopes to hold the Kent County Science Fair at DSU again in the future.
"In hosting the Kent County Science Fair, DSU has served in its natural role as a STEM advocate, to provide strong encouragement to these youths to continue to develop themselves in the STEM areas," said Dr. Williams. "From the outstanding projects exhibited here today, there is a great possibility that among these students might be some future science leaders that will help propel this country beyond its current greatness."
Students' projects were judged in the areas of mathematical sciences, computer science, physics and engineering by a panel of experts from several Delaware companies.
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