2017 International Science Fair Results

Students from the Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair compete successfully at International Science Fair in Los Angeles

For Immediate Release

Contact – Re: Thomas A. Edison Regional Science & Inventor Fairs– Media inquiries to
Jim Helms 
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Finalists from the 60th Annual Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair participated at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA from May 14th to 19th.  Each competitor had already been granted scholarships to FGCU for their work and had been recognized at the 62nd annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida STEM Competition that ended on March 30th in Lakeland.

The Intel ISEF Finalists from the Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair competed with over 1,700 other participants from 78 countries at the week-long event. The six projects (5 Individual, 1 Team) from our Kiwanis regional science fair included eight students. They were Jay Chandar (Canterbury School), Dahlia Dry (Fort Myers High), Anna Kucera (Canterbury School), Ethan Leung, Jash Patel, and Shaan Chaudhari (Fort Myers High), Qiao Jiao (Canterbury School) and Melissa Marchese (Canterbury School).

Although congratulations are extended to all of these international STEM Finalists, special recognition goes to Dahlia Dry, a sophomore from Fort Myers High School.  She received a Special Award from Mu Alpha Theta, National High School and Two-Year College Mathematical Sciences Honor Society in the form of a $1000 scholarship for her project.  She also received a 4thPlace Category Award in Mathematics ($500).

The Fort Myers Kiwanis once again provided critical financial support in underwriting the travel and accommodation expenses of students from Southwest Florida to the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.  Their hard work and generosity is much appreciated.

2017 Intel ISEF Finalists from Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis RSEF 2017 Intel ISEF Finalists from Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis RSEF

The Thomas A. Edison Regional Science and Inventor Fairs (TAERSIF) Steering Committee works year-round to organize the Regional event that hosts more than 700 local students. TAERSIF is a sanctioned event of the Edison Festival of Light. The Regional Fair and underwriting for student expenses for the Fairs is possible because of the support from the Fort Myers Kiwanis Club, Lee County and Charlotte County Public Schools, The Edison Festival of Light, Florida Gulf Coast University, Sony Electronics, The Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Hodges University, Florida Southwestern State College, the James and Eleanor Newton Scholarships, The Imaginarium Science Center , The Edison Innovators Association, the Entrepreneurs Society of Naples, the Scientist Society of Southwest Florida, Lee Memorial Health Systems, the Lee County Medical Society and numerous private donors and volunteers.