3/15/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – A total of 336 students from 47 schools are expected to converge on the Ashland University campus Saturday, March 23, for the 53rd annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science, the event will be held in Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center.
According to Dr. Michael Hudson, associate professor of geology at Ashland University and Science Day Director, projects that received superior ratings in local school district science fairs will be displayed at the district fair. The students participating will represent high schools, junior high/middle schools and fifth and sixth grades in eight different counties: Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne.
“We are very pleased with the total number of students and the number of participating schools this year, which I believe is a record in both categories,” Hudson said. “Students do hands-on experiments, collect and analyze data and draw conclusions, rather than just reading and reporting what someone else has done. Many projects are very original or creative, and this activity provides them with exposure to what scientists actually do, which may then help them decide on a career in the sciences.”
The public is invited to view the science projects from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Registration for the day begins at 7:30 a.m., with judging to start at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented during a public ceremony at 2 p.m.
The top 84 projects at the district level from students in grades 5-12 will be eligible to advance to the state competition at The Ohio State University on May 11, but Hudson noted that an additional 55 will be alternates and many of those also will be given this opportunity.
Hudson said this year’s event will include approximately 125 local judges and volunteers from education, industry, business and medical professions. “We cannot do this event without the help of all of our volunteers and the facilities and support provided by Ashland University,” he said.
Hudson also thanked Council President Jeff Steele of Mapleton High School, the 12 Mohican District Council members, volunteers who work in a variety of capacities prior to and throughout the day, and Eileen Raubenolt, Science Day secretary, for the countless hours they contribute to the success of the annual event.
He also stressed that, “this event would not be a successful and rewarding experience for our local students without the hard work and commitment of science teachers and the support of their school districts in fostering increased science, technology, engineering, and mathematics literacy.”
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.