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Bruce Museum PHENOMENON: Science Innovation Fair, May 31

Science Fair finalists submit their People’s Choice Award ballots at the 2018 PHENOMENON Science Innovation Fair.

On May 31, the Bruce Museum’s Science Department welcomes 10 science students from area high schools who will give presentations of their cutting-edge research at the Fifth Annual PHENOMENON: Science Innovation Fair.

“Young scientists from our local area have excelled at state and national competitions in the past few years, and the PHENOMENON: Science Innovation Fair provides an opportunity for the community to show support for their efforts,” says Kate Dzikiewicz, Science Curatorial Associate. “It’s a great forum to see the innovative work currently being done and to hear first-hand from the best and brightest of the next generation of scientists.”

The 10 students were selected from 37 applicants in Westchester and Fairfield counties. The finalists’ research covers topics that range from using the albedo of asteroids to determine surface composition, to constructing a coffee ground sponge that removes heavy metals from drinking water, to using bee venom to help molecules cross the blood-brain barrier.

Judging and viewing of the posters will take place from 5:00 to 7:20 pm on May 31 at the Bruce, and the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The top two projects, judged by noted regional scientists and based on scientific achievement as well as presentation, and the People’s Choice selection, will receive cash prizes during the awards ceremony beginning at 7:30 pm.

The ceremony includes a keynote speech by Raina Jain, a Greenwich High School junior and winner of the top engineering prize at the 2019 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair for her work on controlling the spread of bee mites through the use of a thymol-emitting bee hive entrance.

Admission to the Bruce Museum’s 5th Annual PHENOMENON: Science Innovation Fair is free to all and includes light refreshments. For more information, visit or contact Kate Dzikiewicz at or 203-413-6747.