Many of our students had such a great time volunteering at the Southeast Michigan Science Fair that they have returned again and again, even as alumni.

The 56th Annual Southeast Michigan Science Fair was held March 14 -15, 2014 at Washtenaw Community College. Students in grades six through 12 from any school in the region were eligible to enter individual or team projects in the middle or high school divisions, corresponding to their grade level.

A number of current EEB students and alumni volunteered at the event. Rachel Cable (EEB masters 2012) judged middle school models and collections.

“I was psyched about it because I'm very much a hands-on person. My section had everything from a scale model of the Hindenburg made from balsa wood and duct tape to a moving model of an earthquake at a fault line (my personal favorite). I was amazed at how much I learned in just a couple of hours, and more importantly, I could tell that the students put a lot of effort into researching and presenting each project.”

John Marino (EEB Ph.D. 2013) also judged some of the middle school projects. Interesting projects he mentioned include one that compared the aerodynamics of paper airplanes made using different designs and materials and another that examined how temperature sensitivity depends on hand dominance.

Other EEB volunteers were: EEB graduate students Susan Cheng and Lucy Tran, and EEB alumni Sarah Barbrow (EEB masters 2009), Jasmine Crumsey (EEB Ph.D. 2013), Kassandra Semrau (EEB masters 2012), and Liz Wason (EEB Ph.D. 2012).

The event is sponsored by the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College in cooperation with public and private schools in the five county region. The regional Southeastern Michigan Science Fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Southeast Michigan region includes Livingston, Washtenaw, Monroe, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties.

From the scope of projects and creativity on display at the fair, it appears the future of science is bright and promising!