On February 11th, 2019, the North East Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.  San Jose sent a strong team of 19 middle schoolers to compete against public and private school students from across the first coast.  16 of the 19 walked away with awards and two were selected to the state team to represent North Florida at the State Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland later this year. 

Winners from San Jose were:

1st PlaceStella Shaw – Junior Earth Science
Juliana Namen – Junior Environmental Science
Olivia Wakefield – Junior Microbiology
2nd PlaceMegan Erne – Junior Chemistry
Ellie Brown – Junior Microbiology
3rd PlaceAbigail Tonto – Junior Behavorial and Social Sciences
Jalila Nackashi – Junior Chemistry
Blaine Parry – Junior Environmental Science
Magnolia Fox – Junior Environmental Science
Maura Madigan – Junior Medicine and Health
Annie Brophy – Junior Physics & Astronomy
Maddox Fox – Junior Physics & Astronomy
Thomas Cratem – Junior Chemistry
Marianna Hernandez-Abdallah – Junior Environmental Science
Millicent Fox – Junior Microbiology
Anna Bass – Junior Physics & Astronomy

The State Team representatives are Juliana Namen and Ellie Brown.  Juliana Namen, Stella Shaw, and Olivia Wakefield were also recognized as Broadcom Masters program contestants. 

Each year San Jose competes at a high level in the regional science fair and has consistently sent representatives to the state fair. This year was no different.  Congratulations to all of the NEFRSEF participants, and good luck to our state fair students.

STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. 

(Tsupros, 2009)