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Math and Engineering Win the Metro Richmond Science Fair

Amazing young scientists were doing amazing things on Saturday, March 24th at the Metro Richmond Science Fair. Two hundred seventy 7th-12th graders presented their research in categories ranging from Behavioral Science to Zoology.

Jeff Holste and Samantha Marquez were crowned a second year in a row as the Grand Prize Winners and Amanda Schanz and Matthew King won second alternates at the Metro Richmond Science Fair.

Watch the video to hear what these and other young scientists have to say to WCVE Public Radio’s John Ogle.


Martha Vogel, Coordinator of the Fair and an Associate Educator at the MathScience Innovation Center explains the importance of this fair to all who participate:

    There are many projects which won second, third, or honorable mention that are incredible as well. Being in the 50% of applicants who are accepted into the fair is a great honor and an opportunity. Students have to make it through a rigorous screening process that is based on the quality of their research and on their writing skills. While they are at the Fair, they are also judged on the strength of their display and their interview as well. Science Fairs are a wonderful proving ground for so many important skills.”

As Grand Prize Winners, Hoste and Marquez will represent Central Virginia’s Metro Richmond Science Fair at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair that will be held in Pittsburg, PA this May. 

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the largest pre-college science competition in the world and has been rewarding students for good research since 1950. It is owned and administered by the Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the public to recognize and become involved in scientific research and education. Over $4,000,000 in prizes, scholarships and educational trips are given away each year.

First, second, third and honorable mentions were awarded in both the Junior (7th-8th grade) and Senior (9th-12th grade) Divisions. A complete list of winners by category is listed on the MathScience Innovation Center’s website.

Twenty five of the first and second place students from the Senior Division will now compete in the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair at Old Dominion University on April 7th and 8th.

The Metro Richmond Science Fair is hosted by the MathScience Innovation Center and has been affiliated with the Intel ISEF for 9 years. During that time, 15 students have represented central Virginia at the Intel ISEF, with 11 of those 15 coming home with an award.

We look forward to hearing much more from these young scientists doing amazing things.