Anjali Chadha a Finalist in Regeneron Science Talent Search

MST senior Anjali Chadha was named one of 40 Finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search.  In March, Anjali will travel to Washington D.C. to undergo additional judging, display her work, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $1.8 million in awards. Each finalist will receive a minimum $25,000 award, with a top award of $250,000.  … Read moreAnjali Chadha a Finalist in Regeneron Science Talent Search

CJ: How to watch Sundance-winning ‘Science Fair’ featuring Manual students

The award-winning documentary film “Science Fair”, featuring 4 duPont Manual students and recent alumni, opens Friday at the Baxter Avenue Theatres, 1250 Bardstown Road. Show times are at 1:30 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 7:05 p.m. and 9:35 p.m.  According to the Courier Journal: They are the Louisville rock stars of the teenage science world and on Friday, … Read moreCJ: How to watch Sundance-winning ‘Science Fair’ featuring Manual students

Science Fair Documentary Selected For 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Anjali Chadha

You may remember seeing a film crew at Manual last spring. Science Fair, a documentary film by Cristina Costantini, follows nine students from around the world on their journey to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). One of the nine ISEF-hopefuls followed in the film is Manual’s own Anjali Chadha (MST junior), pictured above. Science Fair was one of 110 films selected among the 14,000 Sundance submissions! The world premiere will be January 21st and 23rd in Park City, UT.

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Manual students found STEM-focused nonprofit organization


Over the summer, Manual students founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called STEM + Youth. STEM + Youth, or STEMY for short, gradually expanded from a club called the Manual Science Review, which helped Manual students conduct their science fair projects. Officially founded two months ago, STEMY is the result of club members’ desires to change lives by engaging all local students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

STEMY team members are on a mission to foster curiosity, learning, and innovation in the local community by engaging students of all backgrounds, genders, and means in STEM education. Through their programs, they aim to break established gender and ethnic barriers in STEM fields.

On Thursday, September 14th, STEMY will participate in Give for Good Louisville, an online day of giving hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville. Funds from Give for Good Louisville will be used to run STEMY’s programs during the 2017-18 school year, including STEMY Academy, a two-pronged, long-term elementary school workshop initiative designed to cultivate scientific curiosity and critical thinking skills in local middle school students, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds. This program aims to spark passions for STEM and encourage students to pursue STEM throughout school and into a career.

During Give for Good, donors can make tax-deductible donations by searching for STEMY on the event’s website ( Individuals or organizations who donate $200 or more to STEMY will be listed as a sponsor on STEMY’s website, newsletter, scientific journal, and all other STEMY publications for the next year.

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Manual MST Students Advance to ISEF

State Science Fair Winners

While most Manual families were starting spring break celebrations on Saturday, April 1st, 49 MST students were competing at the Kentucky State Science and Engineering Fair held on the EKU campus in Richmond.

Manual MST won 3 of the 6 slots available to proceed to ISEF (Intel International Science & Engineering Fair), for a total of 9 students going to ISEF.  The other students were selected from the duPont Manual Regional Science Fair held on March 12th at JCTC in Louisville.

Manual students who will represent Team KY at ISEF  are Anjali Chadha, Ben Jiang, Govind Krishna, Emily Liu, Greg Schwartz, Madison Sneve and the team of Harsha Paladugu, Ryan Folz and Abraham Riedel-Mishaan. See the list of all winners at the State Science Fair here.

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See A Film Crew At Manual?

Cristina Costantini

A few weeks ago, a film crew was inside Manual. Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Cristina Costantini has started a new project about the road to ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair). Ms. Costantini’s crew also came to the Regional Science Fair to get footage. Here is Ms. Costantini discussing her documentary about high school science fairs.

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