The 2014 Science Day will be held on the morning of Saturday, March 1st, at the Dayton Convention Center.
The Montgomery County Science Day and Engineering Fair have, on average, 325 - 400 bright, young and eager participants from 23+ local schools. More than 120 professionals in various disciplines from the Dayton and surrounding areas are on hand at the University of Dayton to judge projects in 13 scientific areas, ranging from Behavioral Science to Zoology. Our participating schools contribute from one to as many as 51 competitors each. Students presenting projects are from 7th through 12th grades. All students receive recognition at the awards ceremony concluding our Science Day. Special judges award the outstanding experiments with additional prizes including certificates, money, scholarships, and savings bonds. Projects which are judged "Superior" in the regular judging can then go on to compete at the West District Science Day at Central State University on March 16th.
Judges are encouraged to provide guidance and encouragement to the students they evaluate, however, the competitors can learn as much from their fellow participants as from the judges.
At the end of the awards ceremony, two individual students and possibly alternates are chosen to represent Montgomery County at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held in Los Angeles, CA from May 11 - 16, 2014. This opportunity for our student scientists and their teachers is only possible through the generosity of our sponsors.
Due to our students continuing excellent performance, previous MCSD participants represented more than half of the projects that went to the West District Science Day from the seven participating county science fairs. In previous years, 44 of our county students from West District achieved the highest Superior ratings enabling them to go to the State Science Day where 66% of them again received superior ratings. Our students earn a disproportionately high percentage of the special awards for which they were eligible at the District event.
This is a strong reason to support the MCSD - our students receive an excellent preparation for the District and State level competitions.
In addition to major successes, scores and prizes students win, our greatest benefit to the MCSD student is still education, including the knowledge they share with each other. Certainly the attention that the judges pay to student projects, conversations with other students, and the inspiration students represent to one another are significant contributions of the MCSD.