President's Newsletter

President’s Newsletter – January 2017

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Please consider serving as a judge for the annual Capital Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Friday, February 3, 2017.  Winners of high school or middle school science fairs in Jefferson, Leon or Wakulla counties will compete at the Capital Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center located at 505 W. Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida. We need more than 200 judges to evaluate student projects, so your help is very important for a successful fair.  Regular Judging will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 followed by Overall Judging from 12:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Students who win the Capital Regional Science and Engineering Fair can proceed to state competition. Some students may even continue further to international competitions. If you are interested in judging, please complete the online judge registration form here by Friday, January 20, 2017.  Each project will compete in a specific category so we need you to select all categories you are qualified to judge on the registration form. The categories and their descriptions can be found on the judge registration web site above. Also, indicate whether you intend to stay for the free lunch sponsored by local middle and high schools.  Once you have successfully submitted your online form, you will receive a copy via email.  If you have any problems, please contact Bill Turner at (850) 644-9828 or email him at Bill can also use some help with clerical and custodial effort for the Fair on Thursday and Friday, so if you want to support the Fair, but are not interested in judging, you can still be of great benefit by volunteering to help in other ways.

Horizons 2017

The Horizons 2017 series is coming together nicely and it will be a very educational and entertaining schedule.  Go to the Society’s web site to order tickets.  A change we have made in ticket sales this year is to offer family members 18 years of age and younger free admission when accompanied by adult admission tickets.  Your board is attempting to present offerings that will appeal to young people in the hope that they will embrace science as they choose their educational options and careers.   The line-up of presenters for the Horizons 2017 series is presented at the end of this newsletter.

Mag Lab Open House

The annual open house at the FSU Mag Lab will be held February 25th, from 10 am to 3 pm.  This is a fun event for approximately 8,000 visitors.  The theme this year is “film” and the Lab staff have many interesting demonstrations associated with the theme and their work at the lab.   This year other venues at Innovation Park are participating in the open house.  This will add to the festive nature and expanded experience to be enjoyed by the visitors.   Your Society has participated in tabling at this event.  We have one or more interesting experiments on display at our table and usually get a large draw of visitors.  If you would like to help with this event, contact Dr. Claudius Mundoma 644-5147(w); 980-6666 (c).  He can use your help for any length of time.  You do not need to commit to the hours of the open house.

Tallahassee Science Festival

Plans are under way to host the STEM Science Festival in the fall of 2017.  The Tallahassee Scientific Society will play a major role in the event along with several community partners.  Your Society’s primary responsibility will be managing all requirements pertaining to participants at the festival.  Participants are those displaying and tabling at the event.  We are early in the planning stage so details on the event are limited.  If you would like to help with this event, contact Shelly Hatton; 850-661-3803.

2nd Saturday Science Lab

Your Society is continuing with the Science Lab outreach program in conjunction with the Leon County Public Library.  Presenters are asked to provide a lecture and hands-on lab for teens at 2:00 pm each second Saturday of the month.  We have had a variety of subjects presented from Robotics to the effect of river discharge on ocean currents.  If you can make a presentation or know of someone who can, please get in contact with the coordinator of this project.  Dr. Anthony Duben Bob Henderson TSS President