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    High school students have the opportunity to compete in teams in a single elimination science bowl or attend three different presentations across campus.  In the past an average of 500 students per year have come from all around the region to participate.  Students are able to learn and explore aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics on a campus setting with SFU students, faculty, and local professionals.  Students also have the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge that they have learned in their high-school classrooms and compete with other schools in the science bowl.

  • Science Day Information



    Session Descriptions   

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    Student Registration Deadline - Friday, November 3, 2017

    The 24th Annual Science Day was held Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Saint Francis University. Check back for information on the 2017 event.

    Science Day 2015 Photo 1

    Technology Inventory Survey

    During this Science Day we surveyed our participants (500+ students from 33 high schools from seven counties) to learn about the common use of technology among the young generation these days. 

    Out of 257 students who participated in the survey:

    • 91% use smartphones at home
    • 80.5% use computers in school daily
    • 36.1% have access to 3-D printers in their schools
    • 9.3% feel comfortable in their abilities to design a webpage using computer software
    • 8.2% can develop a webpage using a programming language
    • 9.3% can use 3-D modeling software
    • 6.6% know how to develop an app

    The most common computer skill that students use at schools is the use of Microsoft Word, as 55 out of 257 participants (21.4%) indicated. This skill in used in language and literature classes. The second most common area in which computer skills are required is video production: 7.8%. Only 4% of students indicated that they use their computer skills in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus and AP History.

    Registration Information

    Science Day registration will be held October 9-November 3.  Please check back for registration at that time.  Any questions should be directed to Dr. Peter Skoner,, or the Science Outreach Center at  Thank you for your interest! 

    Registration materials for the next Science Day will be sent electronically to those teachers who have participated in past years.  If you are a teacher and would like to register yourself and your students to attend please download the registration forms to the right (available after registration opens) or contact Dr. Pete Skoner at or the Science Outreach Center at or 814-472-3878.

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