Date: March 27, 2017
Media Contact: Lisa Givens
AUSTIN – More than 1,200 Texas middle and high school students will present their outstanding projects at the 2017 Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF). The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues its commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the success of tomorrow’s workforce by co-sponsoring the event for the 16th consecutive year with ExxonMobil.
“TWC is proud to be a part of this amazing competition that gives Texas’ brightest students the opportunity to showcase their knowledge, talent and creativity,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “These students are the future leaders of Texas and I am confident that future will be bright thanks to the solutions offered to real-world problems in this year’s projects. I congratulate these students."
Hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the science fair begins with check-in on Friday, March 31, and culminates with judging and an awards presentation on Saturday, April 1, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Groundbreaking cancer researcher and retired Army physician Col. (Dr.) George Peoples will deliver the keynote address at the awards presentation.
“TWC is proud to join ExxonMobil and UTSA in providing a setting in which outstanding students can showcase their research projects in the STEM fields,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We applaud the students for the innovation that their projects demonstrate, and for participating in a competition that will provide them with highly sought-after skills in high-demand industries.”
The Texas Science and Engineering Fair is officially sanctioned by the Society for Science & the Public, the annual host of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Awards will be presented to students in 22 project categories for both middle and high school divisions.
“In an increasingly competitive job market, individuals with hands-on experience in STEM disciplines are highly sought-after,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “It is important that we continue to support the next generation of the Texas labor force by providing them with opportunities like this fair.”
Winners from the science fair’s high school division will qualify for the Intel ISEF competition in Los Angeles this May and the top two placers in each category will also earn a spot at the Texas Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy, a weeklong residential summer camp, also sponsored by TWC, which will be held this summer at Southern Methodist University.
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