Polymer College hosts Science Day at UA


The Western Reserve District 5 Science Day (WRSD) is one of 16 district science fairs held in Ohio each 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. This year's event took place on March 16th at The University of Akron’s Student Union and was hosted by the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s (CPSPE) Akron Global Polymer Academy (AGPA).

Winning student projects qualified for Ohio’s State Science Day, giving them the chance to proceed to the national competition. And new to this year’s competition, students also had an opportunity to qualify for the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair hosted by COSI.

During a break in the judging, participants were treated to outreach activities sponsored by AGPA and other organizations on campus. Hosting tables were CPSPE Assistant Professor Henry Astley, exhibiting a living snake along with his robotic snake, the Department of Biology Professor and Chair Stephen Weeks, and the Junior Polymer Ambassadors from GlenOak High School. University Admissions and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center also staffed tables during the interim, and the public was treated to a visit by our own mascot Zippy!

This event would not have been possible without the help and support of numerous volunteers and judges, many of which were UA students and faculty. Thank you everyone for a great Science Day!