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Contact:           Paul Oestreicher, Ph.D.
poestreicher@scsef.org

For Immediate Release

14th Annual Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair Set for February 8th at Newtown High School

David Pogue, Award-Winning Tech Columnist and NOVA Host, to Keynote

Redding, CT, October 24, 2013 – The 14th Annual Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair will be held on February 8, 2014 at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, Newtown, CT. The Fair is sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation (CTSTEM). Over 600 students and judges are expected to attend from towns including Darien, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hamden, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Westport and Woodbridge. Participation is encouraged by any science student in the region and science teachers may contact Dr. AJ Scheetz at ascheetz@westport.k12.ct.us.

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The public is welcomed to view the exhibits starting at 12 noon, attend the awards ceremony and listen to the keynote speaker, David Pogue, award-winning journalist, author and TV host at 1:30 P.M.

The need for volunteers – judges, event managers, communications/publicity and web development – has grown with the expansion of the Fair. The Fair is fun, inspiring and a terrific experience for all involved. To become a judge, an individual should have a background in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. Please contact Fran Lichtenberg at judges@snet.net for more information. For all other volunteer activities, please contact inforequest@scsef.org.

About David Pogue

David Pogue, technology columnist for The New York Times, was recently tapped to lead the expansion of tech coverage at Yahoo! by CEO Marissa Mayer. He’s the host of “NOVA ScienceNow” and other science shows on PBS, is in Scientific American every month, and has been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002. With over three million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He’s won an Emmy, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. His web site is davidpogue.com.

About the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair

The Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair was started in 2001 by the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation (CTSTEM) and has seen rapid growth. CTSTEM promotes critical thinking skills, and motivates students to pursue science and engineering after high school. Students receive awards in four categories: health sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences and behavioral sciences. Within each category, awards are given for both completed projects and research proposals. The Fair is supported in part by the Sexauer Foundation. For more information, please visit the Fair web site at http://ctstemfoundation.org.

About the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation

CTSTEM, an IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, advocates for the study, understanding and practice of science and engineering, and seeks to inspire and educate students, academics, parents and other members of our communities. In addition to sponsoring the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair each year, the Foundation 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 a seminar by “citizen astronaut” Greg Olsen. For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or how to make an individual financial or in-kind donation, please visit the CTSTEM web site at www.scsef.org, and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn by searching for Southern Connecticut Science and Engineering Foundation.

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