If you can’t tell the difference between a camel cricket and a brown banded cockroach, you should attend Belmont’s Bug Camp. Children who take part in the camp have never met a bug they didn’t love. “Her name is Mirtha and it’s a giant Madagascar hissing cockroach,” said Dr. Steve Murphree, an entomology professor at Belmont University. At the Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies Camp, a cockroach’s hiss is as sweet as a kiss. “She’s a great pet, not too bad, and she’s easy to take care of. She’s a nice cockroach,” Murphree said. Murphree is Belmont’s bug guy. He has been an educator for 25 years. His message that bugs aren’t bad is working, especially with kids. “Like teenaged mutant turtles, these are actually creatures that do unusual things,” he said.
Both Gabrielle Liu and Cheyenne Deibert represented MTSEF well at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Gabrielle’s project was “ARGO: Anthromorphic Facial Emotion Recognition and Generation Objective through MachineLearning” and Cheyenne’s was “The Effect of Circulation Rate on Bacteria within Library Books”. Though neither finalist won awards in their categories or special awards, both participated in the week’s programs and activities. Cheyenne was interviewed about her project by the Society for Science and the Public’s Science News for Students. You can read this interview at: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/blog/eureka-lab/library-books-could-come-side-germs
A huge thank you to the Predators Foundation for their support of MTSEF’s mission to advance secondary school science and engineering education/research and outreach in Middle TN. The Predators Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Nashville Predators devoted to funneling the excitement of professional sports towards the needs of the community. Thank you Predators Foundation for inspiring future scholars and athletes to improve our world!
Our 2017 High School Grand Prize winners are Cheyenne Nancy Deibert of Clarksville Academy and Gabrielle Kaili Liu of Ravenwood High School. They will be given an all-expense-paid trip to compete in the Microbiology/Applied Microbiology and the Robotics and Intelligent Machines/Cognitive Systems Categories at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, CA in May. Our High School Alternate Grand Prize winner is Keri Kaili Wang of Harpeth Hall School. Our 2017 Middle School Grand Prize winner is Drew O’Neal Maynord of Bellevue Middle School. Drew and six other middle school participants were nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS fair (see program below).
Congratulations to our young aspiring scientists and engineers! Thank you to all parents, educators, and mentors who came to support the students at the 2017 Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair Award Ceremony on April 11th. Photos of the event can be seen in the link below.
A warm welcome and big thank you to our sponsor: Nashville Software School. NSS is a career accelerator for people who want a career developing web sites, web applications and/or mobile apps. NSS began from conversations amongst friends, passionate technical professionals, who had the desire to launch a learning community for software development in Nashville. NSS understands the importance of a STEM education and is contributing to help instill a passion for STEM in our youth. Thank you NSS!
For the 65th consecutive year, the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair was held from March 18-19th at Belmont University. It was inspiring to see so many young aspiring scientists and engineers and STEM educators!
A big thank you again to Digital Reasoning, our sponsor for two years in a row. DR creates technology that learns and gets smarter with the goal of helping humans see the world more clearly so they can solve the world’s toughest problems. As a leader in cognitive computing, DR understands the importance of STEM and is committed to early STEM education. Thank you Digital Reasoning!