Polymer College hosts Science Day

03/19/2018

Where else could you find robotics, mathematics, medicine, botany, and so much more, than at the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day (WRSD) at the University of Akron? This event has enriched STEM subjects for middle school and high school students across Ohio thanks to many generous sponsors and dedicated individuals at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. This year’s all-day event took place March 17th at UA’s Student Union.

WRSD is one of 16 district science fairs held in Ohio every spring under the Ohio Junior Academy of Science. Students from grades 5-12 prepared posters, designs, or prototypes in various disciplines, ranging from botany to computer science, from polymers to biochemistry.

Winning projects qualified for Ohio’s State Science Day, giving them the chance to proceed to the national competition, but that’s not all. Generous sponsorships allowed CPSPE to provide thousands of dollars in prizes for the winning projects, including $100 for first place winners in 13 different categories. It was a wonderful to way to spark students’ interest in different STEM fields and encourage intellectual science literacy.

During a break in the judging, fair participants were treated to outreach activities sponsored by the Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA) and other organizations on campus. Hosting tables were student groups from the Polymer Dean’s Office, the College of Engineering, the Akronauts Rocket Design Team, and the Junior Polymer Ambassadors from GlenOak High School. University Admissions and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center also manned tables during the interim, and the public was treated to a visit by our own loveable mascot Zippy!

This event would not have been possible without the wonderful people who volunteered to organize and judge the event, and CPSPE thanks you.