Registration Deadline for STEMfest!® Knox Jan. 30

NEWARK, Ohio, January 10, 2017 – There is still time for middle school and high school teams to register for STEMfest!® Knox. The third annual event is being held in Mount Vernon on February 25, and the registration deadline is Jan. 30.

STEMfest!® Knox is a partnership among Knox County's higher education institutions: Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU), The Works and Spi Spot. The event features middle and high school student teams competing in challenges focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The purpose of the event is to promote STEM activities and connect local industry, schools, parents and children.

Participating teams compete in the challenges and are judged by a panel of industry experts for a chance to win prizes and scholarships. This year's challenge themes are in the areas of architectural engineering, biofuels and 3D technology. The architectural engineering challenge is sponsored by COTC, Kenyon College is the sponsor of the biofuels challenge and 3D technology is sponsored by Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

The competition will be held at COTC's Knox campus (Aerial Hall, 236 S. Main St., Mount Vernon), MVNU (Hunter Hall, 231 S. Main St., Mount Vernon) and Kenyon College (Wright Center, 400 S. Main Street, Mount Vernon). Additional exhibits and hands on activities will be located in COTC and at SPI Spot (400 S. Main St. Mount Vernon Ohio).

Online registration is available at

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.