Inspiring Young Scientists: The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

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Coming up in the new year, the Austin Science Education Foundation will be hosting the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival during the weekend of February 18th through the 21st at the Palmer Events Center. The festival will give middle school and high school students from Central Texas the opportunity to present their projects in subjects such as Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Math, and Engineering. These projects will be evaluated by volunteer judges who share the students’ passion for science.

The Austin Science Education Foundation shares Skillpoint Alliance’s mission of preparing students for the future by encouraging creativity and exploration, and we are proud to support our community partners that help to promote STEM education in our community!

“Volunteers at the festival have the chance to work with the next generation of young scientists – their future students, interns or even colleagues,” says Ingrid Weigand, the Executive Director of Austin Science Foundation. “Our main goal is to encourage young students to stay involved in math and science throughout their school career.” 

This year in particular, the festival is working with three middle schools whose populations are generally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Being able to discuss their ideas with the judges and receive feedback and guidance is crucial for students who haven’t had much exposure to the opportunities available in the STEM fields. Students learn how to manage a project from start to finish, allocate time and resources, document the process, and present their findings. Mastering these skills makes students better prepared for college and the workforce.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer or judge!