Students Invited to Participate in STEMfest!® Knox

​Upcoming presentations explain opportunities

Newark, Ohio, December 4, 2015 — In February, middle and high school students will compete for awards and the opportunity for scholarships and internships at STEMfest!® Knox. Students, parents, teachers and school administrators are invited to learn more about the competition and select a problem solving challenge on December 12, 2015, in Hunter Hall at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU), 221 S. Main St., Mount Vernon.

Presentations are hosted by experts in the field to provide a thorough introduction to each problem solving challenge. There are three presentations scheduled, one for each problem solving challenge; students and teachers are invited to attend one or all. Presentations include a chalkboard session to clearly introduce and outline the problem statement and an opportunity to ask questions about the problem or STEMfest! ® process.

The challenges and their corresponding presentation times are: Global Water Challenge at 1 p.m., Toothpick Bridge Challenge at 2:15 p.m. and Home Energy Challenge at 3:30 p.m. Register for one or more presentations with Rori Leath at

Students can work as individuals or within a team to complete a challenge. They will represent their schools and present their solutions during STEMfest! ® Knox on February 27, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ariel Hall at the Knox campus of Central Ohio Technical College, 236 S. Main St, Mount Vernon, and in Hunter Hall at MVNU. A panel of industry professionals will judge each student or team's solution on its uniqueness of quality and presentation skills.

Participation in STEMfest! ® is free to schools and students, and all supplies are provided free of charge. Registration is available online at Challenge kits are available for pickup at SPI Spot, 227 S. Main St., Mount Vernon, after registration has been completed.

STEMfest! ® teaches middle and high school students the importance of real-world math, science and engineering problem solving. In addition to the challenge presentations, the event will showcase local industry with hands-on activities for middle and high school students. Families and students not participating in the challenge may also attend free of charge to learn about careers in STEM and employment opportunities in Knox County.

STEMfest! ® Knox is sponsored by Central Ohio Technical College, Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, SPI Spot and The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology.​