East Kentucky Science Center Receives Prestigious ISEF Affiliation


Prestonsburg, Ky
The East Kentucky Science Center (EKSC) and Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) are pleased to announce EKSC’s annual regional science and engineering fair has been granted the coveted Society for Science & The Public’s (ISEF) affiliation.
Since 1950, Society for Science & the Public has provided an international stage for the world’s best and brightest young scientists through its International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s premier STEM competition.
The impact of the ISEF affiliation is tremendous for students in eastern Kentucky. For the first time in over twenty years, students in the 15 counties in the region will be able to advance their projects beyond the regional level to the State Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair (KY-SEF) as well as the International Science & Engineering Fair.
Every year, tens of millions of students compete in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for the nearly $5 million in awards bestowed each May at ISEF. EKSC educator Susan Scott-Goble stated, “EKSC has been given great access for students in the region to showcase their intellectual and innovative spirit on an international stage. With our ISEF affiliation, we will introduce the genius of young Appalachians through their approach to science and engineering.”
One of the 2019 ISEF winners was Rachel Seevers, 17, of Lexington, Kentucky. She received the Young Scientist Award of US$50,000 for designing, building and testing a rigid, energy-efficient prototype of an underwater propulsion device that mimics the way jellyfish move through the water. This could allow for greater access to the world’s unexplored oceans. Scott-Goble stated, “I want a student from our region to take home one of those top prizes, just like Seevers. Students in our region are bright, innovative and competitive. This new affiliation will allow our region the opportunity to showcase their strengths.“
The popularity of STEM subjects has been on the rise with grade school, middle and high school students for years. Participating in science fairs provides a relevant and important avenue for students to explore science and be rewarded for their research and efforts.
The East Kentucky Regional Science & Engineering fair will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at BSCTC’s Post-Secondary Education Building. All fourth through twelfth graders are invited to compete from the following counties:
 Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe.
For more information about EKSC’s Annual Science Fair, please contact Susan Scott-Goble at (606) 889-4766 or email sscott0036@kctcs.edu.    
More information about ISEF will be shared at the regional science fair awards ceremony on November 2 at 2:00 pm.