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.
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
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 (giveforgoodlouisville.org). 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.
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.
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.
The Kentucky YMCA (KY YMCA) holds it’s annual mock United Nations (UN) assembly, known as KUNA, every year in the spring. KUNA is one of the two multi-day events that Manual’s Y Club has attended for many years. The KY YMCA actually hosts six of these events, three for middle schools and three for high schools, from around the state. Each host between 1,000 and 1,200 students.
The preparation for KUNA begins well before the three day, two-night event held at an area hotel. The students are assigned countries, and begin to prepare a resolution, cultural attire, a global village, a sign, and a performance for their country. Manual represented eight countries this year. This work begins shortly before winter break and lasts for months as teams within each country tackle each of these areas, meeting at least once a week to work on their projects.
One of the unique things about KUNA is that it is completely student driven. The prior year, there is an election and the students elected serve as presiding officers. At the 2016 KUNA, Lydia Mason was elected Secretary General, the highest position at the conference. Mason is also one of four in the conference’s history to serve as Secretary General at both the middle and high school level. Also representing Manual was Kayla Payne, who served as a Justice in the International Court of Justice portion of KUNA.
The Regional Science Fair for Meyzeek and Manual students was held March 11 at Jefferson Community & Technical College. Over 300 students competed for Manual, requiring 200 judges and nearly 100 volunteers. Students who placed first or second in their category will proceed to state competition on April 1. According to Mr. Zwanzig, MST Magnet Coordinator:
“We are sending 49 projects to the State Science Fair. This is probably the strongest group of students we have ever sent to State. Any of them would win something if they made it to the International Science Fair. These kids are all truly amazing. There were some strong projects that unfortunately did not get sent to state because we are limited in how many we can send.”