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Finalists from the 61st Annual Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, PA from May 13th to 18th. Each competitor had already been granted scholarships to Florida Gulf Coast University for their work and had been recognized at the 63rd annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida STEM Competition that ended March 29th in Lakeland.

The Intel ISEF Finalists from the Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair competed with 1,800 other participants from 81 countries at the week-long event. The Lee County Public Schools projects from our Kiwanis regional science fair that traveled to Pittsburgh was Dahlia Dry (Fort Myers High) and Jackson Windhorst (Fort Myers High).

Although congratulations are extended to all of the international STEM Finalists, special recognition goes to Dahlia Dry.

Dahlia Dry, a junior and two-time Intel ISEF Finalist from Fort Myers High School, received a Special Award ($750) from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and 4th Place Category Award ($500) in Physics and Astronomy for her project titled "Challenging Limitations: Using Deep Learning, Time Series Analysis, and Statistical Methods for Noise Reduction to Develop an Innovative Approach to Exoplanet Candidate Detection Using Earth-Based Telescopes".

The Fort Myers Kiwanis once again provided critical financial support in underwriting the travel and accommodation expenses of students from Southwest Florida to the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Their hard work and generosity is much appreciated.

For more information on our Thomas A. Edison Regional Science and Inventors Fairs, go to our website ( or follow on Twitter (@EdisonFairs).

The Thomas A. Edison Regional Science and Inventor Fair (TAERSIF) Steering Committee works year-round to organize and conduct the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair, the Suncoast Credit Union Elementary Science Expo and the Thomas A. Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Fair that host in total more than 1,100 local students. Key partners of TAERSIF include the Fort Myers Kiwanis, Lee County and Charlotte County Public Schools, numerous private schools, Florida Gulf Coast University, the Edison Festival of Light, Florida Southwestern State College, Hodges University, the James and Eleanor Newton Scholarships, Sony Electronics, Inc., Imagine Solutions Conference, Daitch Family Foundation, Caloosa Bromeliad Society, The Edison & Ford Winter Estates, The IMAG History and Science Center, the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Pure Florida, Caloosa Veterinary Medical Society, Florida Power and Light, Doug MacGregor, The Edison Pageant of Light, the Entrepreneurs Society of Naples, the Scientist Society of Southwest Florida, Lee Memorial Health Systems, the Lee County Medical Society and numerous other private donors and volunteers.