Students Compete in the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science, Engineering and Inventors Fair

Students Compete in the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science, Engineering and Inventors Fair
Posted on 01/15/2019
Students Compete in the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair and Inventors Fair

Seven hundred students presenting 650 STEM projects will participate in the 62nd Annual Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair and the 32nd Annual Thomas A. Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Fair on Saturday, January 19th. The public, private and home-schooled students from around Southwest Florida will be competing at Alico Arena on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.

The event is sanctioned by the Edison Festival of Light, as well as an affiliate of both the State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).

Judging will take place in the morning with the Inventors Fair opening to the public at 1:30pm and award winners identified at 3:00pm. The Science Fair will open to the public at 3:00pm or once the judging is complete.

Over the past six decades, the Thomas A. Edison Regional Science and Inventors Fair program has grown into the largest pre-collegiate STEM competition program in Southwest Florida. Annually, these regional STEM fairs engage nearly 20,000 students in research projects at a school level. Student participants compete for over 30 college scholarships and thousands of dollars’ worth in prizes.  At state and international levels of competition millions of dollars in scholarships are available.

Finalists of the Kiwanis Science Fair have maintained a strong presence at State and International competitions. The fairs provide a strong community presence as represented by the hundreds of judges and volunteers participating. Many organizations and community groups are directly involved in planning, organizing and conducting the fairs.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Awards Ceremony presented by Sony Electronics. Inc., will be held at Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School (2401 Euclid Ave. Fort Myers, 33901). The event begins at 7:00pm and is open to the public. Edison Park Elementary originally opened in 1927. It was one of the first auditoriums in Lee County, where Thomas Edison himself attended community programs. Several college scholarships, special prizes and Sony products valued at several thousand dollars will be awarded to scores of K-12 students from across Southwest Florida who competed successfully in the Regional Inventors Fair.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair Award Ceremony presented by Sony Electronics, Inc., will be held at FGCU’s Alico Arena beginning at 7:00m. More than 30 college scholarships will be granted, with scores of Special Awards bestowed. These Awards are from individuals, organizations and agencies using special criteria set by the donors. Sony personal electronic products, certificates of merit, memberships, tickets to events, trophies and other prizes will be given out during the program.

Saturday, February 16, 2009 the Best of Fair Award winners in the Science and Inventors Fair will ride as honored guests in the Edison Festival of Light Parade.

In all, over 125 students will be recognized with hundreds of family members in attendance. Winners of both Senior High Division and Junior High Division participants in 13 distinct science categories from Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair are to be announced. FGCU will once again award over 20 middle school students who competed successfully at the Kiwanis Science Fair a two-week Summer Research Opportunity (SRO) at the Whitaker Center for STEM Education, where they will gain hands-on experience in real research programs. The evening will conclude with the announcement of the Best of Fair Awards in the Senior High School and Junior High School Divisions.

Additional information regarding the Fairs is available at and on the Edison Fairs Facebook page.