RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College and the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center (ESC) will cohost the annual District 14 Science Day, known as Southern Ohio Science Day, this year on the university’s main campus.
Students in 5th through 12th grades from Gallia, Lawrence, Pike, Scioto and Adams counties who competed in their local science fair and qualified for the district science fair are eligible to participate in the event. The Ohio Academy of Science, the leading organization in Ohio to foster curiosity, innovation, and support for the sciences offered Rio the opportunity to host the event. Chemistry Program Coordinator John Means said he felt honored to be asked to host the event.
“I was thrilled when the Ohio Academy of Science asked if we would like to host the Science Day,” Means said. “I’m really excited to have this coming here. It is a very unexpected opportunity and humbling to know they would think of us for this.”
Means said the faculty and students of the science department are eager to work with the students during the event and give them a chance to learn more about Rio and its science programs.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to visit our campus and meet our science faculty,” Means said. “This is also a way for us to continue engaging with our community and support community functions. To me, this is the type of thing a university should be doing. I feel it is part of our responsibility to provide a hub for the community and this allows us to provide that service.”
Gallia-Vinton ESC Superintendent Dr. Denise Shockley said she is excited to work with Rio for Science Day and continue to grow the ESC’s long-standing partnerships with the university.
“It was great news to learn that the University of Rio Grande would become the host location for the District 14 event. The University of Rio Grande and the Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center have been collaborating on science professional development for nine years through Math and Science Partnership grants. A total of seven school districts have participated in the high-quality activities that have included workshops, family science nights, and Rio faculty and student led demonstrations,” Shockley said. “At least three of our local school districts have had their own science fairs. The next step is for all local area middle and high school students to have the opportunity to become part of a larger science competition.”
Means said District 14 and Rio Grande leadership are preparing both Rio and the district schools for an easy transition to the new Science Day location.
“We are working to make this change in venue as smooth as possible for the students who will be attending,” Means said. “Our upper level students are on board and ready to help set up the event and assist our faculty with judging. We can’t wait for it to get here.”
The Southern Ohio (District 14) Science Day will take place March 25, 2017, on the main campus.