Students Kickstart First-Ever Tri-High Science Fair

STONEY CREEK SENIORS Preetam Vupputuri, Iulia Dobrin, and Reema Gowda have teamed up to launch the first Tri-High Science Fair, set to take place Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Stoney Creek High School. The fair is designed to give students exposure to professors, businesses, and mentors in the field of science.

Three Stoney Creek students are starting the first Tri-High Science Fair in Rochester Community Schools and are looking for business and professional involvement for donations and booth set-up.

The science fair, held on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Stoney Creek High School, is open for participation to all high school students from Rochester, Adams, Stoney Creek, and IA Central. The entire community is encouraged to attend, from parents and students of all ages to businesses and science professionals.

Seniors Reema Gowda, Preetam Vupputuri, and Iulia Dobrin created this fair as an opportunity for students to channel their creativity into science and explore science’s role in a variety of local business settings.

Through the science fair, Vupputuri hopes students will open their eyes to how versatile science is in the workforce. “One thing we don’t get a lot of at school is exposure to these different fields. We want people to see the depth of science and how cool it can be at its roots,” Vupputuri said.

While many students interested in science want to do more in the field, outside of clubs and classes, chances are limited. “As a high schooler, it’s so hard to find research or shadowing or internships without having certain connections or plain luck. Our goal is to simplify the process so students regain interest in applying their passions to the community,” Dobrin said.

Like many of her peers, Gowda experienced such difficulties her freshman year when she was looking for local internships in science fields.

Hoping to break down some of these barriers of entry, the fair provides direct connections to professors and science-related businesses. Representatives set up booths to discuss their work and field questions, as well as offer potential research, shadowing, and internship opportunities. Even local businesses that aren’t directly related to science can get involved through sponsorships and monetary donations for prizes.

For more information about getting involved in the science fair contact stoneysnhs@gmail.com or check out Stoney Creek Science NHS’s website, Stoneysnhs.com/.