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Largest Event Yet Will Attract Over 110 High School Students from Darien, Greenwich, Westport, Wilton and Woodbridge

Westport, CT, January 16, 2008 – This year’s annual Southern Connecticut Invitational Science & Engineering Fair (SCISEF) will be held on Saturday, February 9rd at Staples High School in Westport and will be open to the public between 11 AM and 1 PM. The Fair, sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Science and Engineering Foundation (CTSTEM), is open to students from the across the region, and has attracted entries from Darien, Greenwich, Westport, Wilton and Woodbridge.

The judges will review over 110 research proposals, and life science and physical science projects. Additional judges are still welcome and may contact Fran Lichtenberg at fwlichtenberg@snet.net for more information. A judges’ dinner and orientation session will be held on February 1st.

“We’re delighted that SCISEF continues to grow,” said William M. Foster II, CTSTEM President. “I encourage members of the community to support the scientists and engineers of the future by coming to the Fair or volunteering to serve as judges. Contributions to provide awards for outstanding exhibits are also welcomed.”

In addition to sponsoring the Fair each year, the CTSTEM has held some extraordinary events for students to see the practical application of science, including a visit to Pratt & Whitney’s aircraft engine facilities, a physics lesson using an actual LeMans race car and seminar by “citizen astronaut” Greg Olsen.

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“The activities of the CTSTEM have meant so much to the students of Southern Connecticut,” said Harry Rosvally, Ed.D., Chairman of the Science Department for the Westport School District. “And some participants have gone on to be regional finalists in the Siemens-Westinghouse competition, national semi-finalists and finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search and attend Universities including Brown, Cal Tech, Dartmouth, MIT, University of Pennsylvania and Yale.”

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