Whether it’s figuring out how to protect the environment, creating systems for manufacturing, chemical compositions that lead to better health, or the science behind how LEGOs are made, students from throughout Richmond showed a great deal of creativity and imagination in MEDARVA’s first online science fair. Now back for a second time, MEDARVA Healthcare’s virtual science fair kicks off December 10, 2020, and is free and open to any Greater Richmond-area student in grades six through twelve.
Students are encouraged to begin working on their submissions now, which will be accepted from April 1, 2021 to May 15, 2021 and the winners will be notified by June 1, 2021.
The organization’s first virtual science fair was a great success and received fifty-six submissions from Richmond-area students from public, private, and home schools. Ankita Adhvaryu, from Mills E. Godwin High School, was crowned as Senior Division Champion and Camellia Sharma, from George H. Moody Middle School, was crowned as Junior Division Champion.
“We thought the participation was a success and the entire team is excited to be hosting a second virtual science fair,” said Cheryl Jarvis, Chair of the MEDARVA Foundation. “An extension of the MEDARVA Foundation’s mission is to encourage interest in research and science at an early age, and what better way to cultivate that curiosity than with a science fair. These students are the future of modern science, and it is imperative that we take the time to invest in their education.”
With many schools continuing to operate virtually or in a hybrid model during the 2020-2021 school year, MEDARVA Healthcare recognizes the ongoing need to support and encourage Richmond-area students to explore their curiosities in science. Students are asked to investigate an interesting topic and submit a summary, an experimental design diagram, and a short video highlighting their project. A team of judges will score the student entries for a chance to win several monetary awards in both the middle school and high school categories.
MEDARVA Healthcare understands that families still face many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shopping for materials could be a financial burden. Students conducting at-home DIY research are encouraged to utilize common household or backyard items to create their project. Exploring and analyzing everyday processes and surroundings can produce great scientific results. More information can be found at: https://www.medarva.com/virtualsciencefair.