engaged_web.jpgMiami Gardens is hosting its third annual science and engineering fair for students. The fair is taking plpace at St. Thomas University, 16401 NW 37th Avenue.

In addition to displaying their creative projects, the students will also receive a tour of St. Thomas University and get their first introduction to the college experience. The fair concludes on Tuesday, Dec. 10, with the Science Fair Awards Presentation to be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens.

Schools participating in the Innovative Beginnings in Science Programs include: Golden Glades Elementary, Crestview Elementary, Scott Lake

Elementary, Rainbow Park Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Carol City Elementary, Hibiscus Elementary, Barbara Hawkins Elementary and Carol City High.

Students first submit their projects at the school level for judging. There are two requirements for participation: Compete on a school level and be selected as one of the top five participants and engage male participation (father, brother, uncle, cousin, teacher, or friend) during the development, implementation, and creation of the project.

The top five scoring projects at the school level will automatically be entered into the City of Miami Gardens Science and Engineering Fair for judging and ranking at the citywide level.  

More than 100 students from schools in Miami Gardens are expected to participate for cash prizes ranging from $25 – $500; the winning amount could be $1,000 for the student and $350 for the school for the most unique project. Judges from various fields will critique student projects and the top five students will be recognized with cash prizes.

The event, the brain trust of Councilman David Williams Jr., Seat 5, has become one of the beacon projects in the community.

“We are committed to increasing our youth’s reliance on science,” said Williams. “We know that there is a widening gap between the U.S. and other countries in the area of science and engineering, for students in grades K-12. This fair helps expose students to science, engineering and technology components that will inspire them to seek future endeavors in these fields of study.”

Councilman Williams received his Master of Science degree in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Health from Florida A&M University. Williams has a passion for community activism with emphasis on children, families and education.

He serves on the Miami-Dade County Public School Superintendent Family and Community Involvement Advisory Committee and the Wellness Advisory Committee. He is a board member with The Early Learning Coalition for Dade/Monroe Counties. He currently serves as the Florida director of Community Relations for Informed Families, a non-profit prevention organization focusing on educating families and helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug-free.

In addition to the city’s presenting sponsor role, other sponsors include: St. Thomas University, Miami Gardens Kiwanis, Miami Gardens Square One Inc., Miami Gardens Police Department, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Florida Power and Light, Calder Casino and Race Course, Lehman Buick, Taste Rite Jamaican Bakery, Georgia’s Paradise, Miami, Miami Dolphins, The International Game Fish

Association, Carol City Senior High and Dragon Fisheries.