USF Welcomes Illinois Junior Academy Science Fair on March 9

March 1, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

Joliet, Ill.- On Friday, March 9 the University of St. Francis (USF) will welcome more than 500 future scientists, chemists and engineers to campus for the annual Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 11 Science Fair hosted by the Joliet Diocese Science Teachers Association (JDSTA).

Each year curious students from the 47 Catholic grade schools with the Diocese of Joliet gather at the University of St. Francis, which has hosted the event for 30 years. The schools are located across DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall and Will counties. Students present their projects to a pair of judges and later meet in classrooms across campus to present more detailed findings of their projects.

“The science fair is a great opportunity to further these students’ science education and challenge them to design their own project,” says Kathy Winters, vice president and project chairperson for the JDSTA and principal at St. Jude’s school in New Lenox.

The fair also exposes students to a college environment and the possibilities ongoing education can provide.

“We are honored to host the fair at USF,” says Eric Wignall, vice president for admission and enrollment at USF. “Science fairs include students in the ‘doing’ of science. They are actively researching and creating experiments. It is so important to motivate students to explore and use science to understand the world. The fair is a great opportunity to share their experiences, projects, ideas with their friends, parents and people who visit the fair. It’s just a small part of supporting local science education, but we love having them on campus.”

Winners from the March 9 fair will advance to the state finals held in Peoria, Ill.

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., is a Catholic, Franciscan university that serves 4,100 students nationwide; offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are more than 48,000 USF alumni across the globe.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.