Berkshiremuseum Press Release
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2013
Media contact: Lesley Ann Beck, Director of Communications
413.443.7171 ext. 28; [email protected]

Berkshire Museum, SABIC, and Pittsfield Public Schools host
The Third Annual Science and Innovation Fair
February 12, 2013

[Pittsfield, MA] – On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Berkshire Museum, in collaboration with SABIC and Pittsfield Public Schools, will host the third annual Science and Innovation Fair, featuring the Taconic High School Science and Engineering Academy and the Pittsfield High School Quark Science Club.

Approximately 170 Pittsfield Public High School students will exhibit more than 80 projects that demonstrate skills and concepts across a range of engineering and science disciplines; the participating student-scientists and student-engineers have conducted scientific research and completed engineering projects under the guidance of their faculty advisors from Taconic and Pittsfield High Schools.

On February 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to the Museum will be free for all, thanks to the generosity of SABIC; visitors will see the Science Fair projects as well as the Museum’s exhibitions and galleries.

“Scientific research and the application of knowledge in engineering and technology are critical drivers of the twenty-first century global economy,” says Van Shields, executive director of the Berkshire Museum. “The Museum is enthusiastic about partnering with our schools to host the Science and Innovation Fair and other programs that stimulate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math.”

SABIC will provide the prizes as well as lunch and snacks for all participating student-scientists. Students with winning projects will advance to the Region 1 Science Fair at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in March and then on to the state Science Fair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On the day of the Science and Innovation Fair, the participating students will have their projects set up and ready for viewing by visitors to the Museum by 10 a.m. Between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., all fifth-grade students in the Pittsfield Public Schools will visit the Science Fair, and will be able to ask questions and be inspired by the entries. School groups in Pittsfield enjoy free visits to the museum thanks to the generosity of James and Margaret Beauregard.

A prestigious group of approximately sixty judges representing leading local businesses and educational institutions will evaluate the exhibits between 5 and 6:30 p.m., interviewing the participants about their work, and then convening to determine award winners.

Two awards ceremonies will be held, one for each school. The first begins at 7:30 p.m., and the second at 8:30, with awards presented by Kristen Pearson, Science Fair coordinator at Taconic High School, Scott Eldridge, Science Fair coordinator at Pittsfield High School, Brenda Manarchik of SABIC; and Van W. Shields, executive director of Berkshire Museum.

The snow date is February 13.

Science and Innovation Fair Schedule
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Free admission for all to the Museum courtesy SABIC
10 a. m. to 1:30 p.m.: All Pittsfield Public School fifth grade students will visit the Science Fair courtesy the Beauregard Family
5 to 6:30 p.m.: Judging
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Family, friends and public visit projects; admission is free during evening hours
7:30 to 8 p.m.: Award Ceremony
8:30 to 9 p.m.: Award Ceremony

About Berkshire Museum
Located at 39 South St. in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Berkshire Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171. Established by Zenas Crane in 1903, Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines. Bats: Creatures of the Night is on view through May 12, 2013. Ansel Adams: Masterworks will be on view February 9 through June 2, 2013. Nature Magnified: Photographs by Andreas Feininger will be on view from February 2 to June 2, 2013. Objectify: A Glimpse Into the Permanent Collection opens April 1, 2013 in celebration of the Museum’s 110th anniversary. Little Cinema is now open year-round. Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Worlds in Miniature, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing.

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