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June 17, 2014


Photo: A Maryland team at NC FIRST Robotics.

Making an Impact: Outreach Initiatives

Sigma Xi participated at the following 2014 events to support students interested in science and engineering.

North Carolina FIRST Robotics Competition,
Raleigh, North Carolina:
Sigma Xi sponsored this regional engineering competition for grades 9-12. Executive Director Jerry Baker was a judge.

Conrad Foundation's Spirit of Innovation Challenge,
Houston, Texas:
Students, ages 13-18, were judged on business and technical plans that combine innovation and entrepreneurship with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Members volunteered as mentors and judges.

USA Science and Engineering Festival,
Washington, DC:
Sigma Xi and American Scientist were official sponsors to help reinvigorate American youths' interest in STEM. Sigma Xi members spoke at the festival's symposium for elementary through high school students. Baker was a master of ceremonies.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair,
Los Angeles, California:
Members served as judges at the largest international pre-college science competition to select winners of Sigma Xi's Special Awards. They awarded five teams a total of $7,000.

This article was published in the Sigma Xi Today section of the July-August 2014 issue of American Scientist.

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