Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that Carolyn Dehner, assistant professor in chemistry at MCLA, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Region 1 Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium on the College campus.
Also on May 3, MCLA will be the site of the Second Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summit, which will provide a free workshop for teachers.
Dehner will speak at 2 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium. The topic of her presentation will be "If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: Microbial Adaptations to their Environment." This event is free and open to the public.
About 170 middle school students will participate in the fair, which also is open to the public. They will represent 11 schools from Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire counties. The top 40 projects from this regional competition will qualify to move on to the state competition.
While students interact with STEM professionals during judging, educators will have an opportunity to participate in STEM Summit workshop. This workshop, about the new science standards, will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Murdock Hall, room 218. The free workshop will be led by Nick Stroud, an assistant professor of education at MCLA.
Those interested in touring the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation should report to the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium at 9:30 a.m.