BY JOHN E. USALIS (STAFF WRITER
Published: July 10, 2012
SHENANDOAH - A group of Shenandoah Valley Elementary School students had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in April to display their science projects to visitors from around the world in Washington, D.C.
They were in good company, as they presented their projects at a national event that included Nobel Prize-winning scientists and other celebrities.
The students visited the second USA Science and Engineering Festival on April 28-29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The largest science festival in the nation, it was developed to increase public awareness of the importance of science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engineering by celebrating science in much the same way as Hollywood celebrities, professional athletes and pop stars are celebrated.
The festival is a grassroots collaboration of more than 500 of the nation's leading science and engineering organizations. For the second year, Lockheed Martin was the presenting host and was joined by many sponsors and partners.
"The students were among a highly select group of student programs invited from across the U.S. to exhibit and show their project," said Jeanne Yoho Miller, program director for Lehigh Carbon Community College, Carbon and Schuylkill schools, and Homes In Education 21st Century After School Program.
SHINE is partially funded through the Luzerne-Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board Inc. and the state Department of Education 21st Century After-School Program.