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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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    Mannequin Challenge

    Student Registration Deadline - Friday, November 4, 2016

    The 23rd Annual Science Day was held Tuesday, November 22, 2016 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 closed on Friday, November 4.  Any questions should be directed to Dr. Peter Skoner,, or the Science Outreach Center at  Thank you for your interest! 

    Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the Science Day Mannequin Challenge.  The rules are simple. Examples of the Challenge are easily found online with Michelle Obama, celebrities, sports teams, and school students.  One example of "physics learning at its best" from my class can be found on the Science Outreach Center Facebook page.  A second example, of "physics learning at its worst" will be shared with you at Science Day.

    If your students would like to participate, please follow the special instructions for this competition below.  You could even host a competition at your school this week if there is interest, and select the best from your school.

    Science Day Mannequin Challenge Rules

    Each high school can submit only one video.  The maximum time for the video is 30 seconds.  The entrants will be judged by Saint Francis University students and faculty with the criteria of:
    1.  Science content (science concepts of any sort can be captured during the viewing)
    2.  Creativity (interesting to the viewer, catches your attention)
    3.  Humor (makes you laugh or at least smile)
    4.  Appropriateness (nothing unsafe, illegal, vulgar, or against your school policies).
    By submitting videos, you give permission for the winning videos to be shared on the Saint Francis University Science Day home page, the Science Outreach Center Facebook page or other Saint Francis University media, and submitted to local media outlets for their possible distribution.   
    Submit your videos by 12:00 Noon on Monday, November 21, 2016.  Submit them on You Tube, and share the link with us at and  And please let us know if you have any questions.

    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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