Dear Business Partner,
The St. Mary’s County Science Fair and Engineering Fair Board would like to invite you to support the upcoming 59th St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair. Last year’s Science Fair was exciting and quite successful, with over 100 student projects entered and 60 awards given, totaling over $5,000.00 in value. Sixty local Science Fair winners were selected to compete at the Prince George’s Regional Science Fair. At the Prince George’s Fair, 20 students won over 100 awards. Several students won numerous awards and one competed at the international level, INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (INTEL ISEF), in Pittsburgh, PA. The support of our business partners played an integral role in encouraging and enabling students to excel through the various Science Fair levels.
The 2019 St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair will be held at Great Mills High School on Saturday, January 26, 2019 (snow date, February 2, 2019). As always, the Science Fair is open to the public, non-public and home-schooled students of St. Mary’s County. The science fair is the perfect venue for these students to display their talents in experimental methodologies, engineering design and testing, and other scientific aspects of their projects. The goal of the Science Fair is to stimulate an interest in Science, Mathematics and Engineering to provide an extraordinary learning experience for our youth with the long-term goal of producing scientists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists. The local Science Fair has a long history of success in these endeavors. With your help, the Science Fair Board looks forward to encouraging many more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Please consider supporting the 2019 St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair. While some support is received from St. Mary’s County Public Schools, the overall support comes primarily via donations from businesses organizations like yours. Your support provides awards, plaques and certificates. It also helps to defer the operating expenses, covers the registration cost for students to participate in the Prince George’s Regional Fair and supports any entrants that advance to the Prince George’s Area Science Fair and the INTEL International Science Fair.
The St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair Board is excited to promulgate the URL to its website – https://sites.google.com/smcps.org/sm-sef/home. We invite you to visit our website; it contains links to General Information; Science and Engineering Categories; and Judging Information. There are various ways for your organization to partner with ours, including sponsoring awards and scholarships, various advertising opportunities and volunteering as board members, judges and project mentors. Assistance is also needed to set up the facility the evening before the event. Please take a few minutes to peruse the website. Please contact SMCSEFPresident@protonmail.com for additional information. The deadline for submitting advertising materials is Friday, January 4, 2019.
The St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair Board is an all-volunteer, non-profit, IRS 501 (c) (3) corporation classified as a public charity, funded solely by community contributions. All contributions are directly applied to promoting an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics among our community members. Contributions are fully tax deductible under IRS code section 170. 26-3405570
The St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair Board is grateful for the support it has received from local businesses, organizations and individuals in past years and looks forward to establishing new partnerships was we strive to promote scientific methods and literacy to an ever-growing population of our county’s youth.
Mark Ragland, President
St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair Board