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NEWS | April 29, 2022

NSWC Crane STEM Program partners with S2MARTS to host 38th Annual Science and Engineering Fair

By Sarah K. Miller, NSWC Crane Corporate Communications

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) held its annual youth Science and Engineering Fair virtually for more than 200 regional students from April 4 – 8. The NSWC Crane Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Program organized the 38th Annual Science Fair with a partner organization S2MARTS for Junior and Senior High School students.

Tina Closser, the STEM Program Director, says the event was a success.

“This year, we partnered with the S2MARTS team, who sponsored the prizes, on the annual STEM Science Fair,” says Closser. “The STEM team, NSWC Crane scientists and engineers, and S2MARTS personnel participated as judges on the projects. It was great to see the students and how they creatively tackled projects.”

Participating students grades six through 12 submitted 120 science and engineering projects covering a wide range of STEM area. Students came from six regional schools, including students who are homeschooled. Closser says hosting a virtual event for the second year was a way to maximize reach of regional students for this year and for future STEM Science Fairs.

“The virtual event enabled us to reach many students who might have not been able to get here in person. We do hope to have an in-person event next year.”

The NSWC Crane Science and Engineering Fair is one of the events organized by the STEM Program, which is a program that aims to provide STEM-related educational opportunities to regional students from kindergarten to high school seniors. Annually, the program serves approximately four thousand students with engagement opportunities such as field trips, summer camps, and a science equipment lending library.  

Jr. Division - 

1st place - Cormac Duffy-Paiement and Eullan McLaughlin, 7th grade homeschool students - Project:  Can Greenhouses Heat Homes?

2nd place - Greta Dunigan and Bryar Weddle, 7th grade students at Bloomfield Jr. High School - Project: What soap cleans coffee better?

1st place - Engineering Design - Roland Davis and Luke Ingram, 6th grade students at Salem Middle School - Project:  Automated Plant Waterier

Sr. Division - 

1st place - Reagan Weisheit, 8th grade student at Jasper Middle School - Project:  Cover Crops - Conserving Our Future

2nd place - Abigail Burkart 9th grade student at Eastern Greene High School - Project: How do different mediums change the speed of light?

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