Louisville, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) – Kentucky Science Center announced today the first annual Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit, presented by Ashland. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 4 at Northern Kentucky University’s Griffin Hall and will be hosted by the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics.
“With the growing success of Youth Science Summits across the Commonwealth, we are thrilled to be bringing this program model to Northern Kentucky,” said Science Center Executive Director Joanna Haas. “The Youth Science Summit is designed to cultivate STEM passion and ideation in our community, whether in a rising sixth grader with a passion for studying astronomy or a high school senior who can’t wait to earn her college degree in computer science.”
The Science Center’s signature Youth Science Summit events provide a platform for middle and high school students ages 11-18 to dialogue on hot science topics, to interact with leading professionals in speed mentoring sessions and hands-on industry labs, and to advocate for advancement in science, technology, engineering and math. Successful Youth Science Summit events have already taken place annually in locations across the state such as Lexington and Paducah. The Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit is presented by Ashland Inc.
The 2014 Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit will feature on-site lab experiences, distance learning opportunities with esteemed institutions from across the continent and include interactions with presenting partners in a “reverse science fair” where local STEM institutions present their innovations to attending students. Community partners will be integral to this year’s Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit in addition to several Kentucky colleges and universities who will be displaying their flagship programs and educating students on the ways to earn college credits, lower tuition rates and get involved in STEM topics early.
Participating students will rotate from one experience to another throughout the day, ensuring a diverse and unique conference-like experience for each attendee.
This year, Youth Science Summit participants will also experience exclusive facility tours of Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Applied Informatics located in Griffin Hall. Also within this building is the Digitorum, a two-story digital auditorium, which hosts everything from opera and dance concerts to cyber warfare games.
The cost to attend the 2014 Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit is $25 per student and includes a light breakfast and lunch in addition to an event t-shirt. The summit begins at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance by calling (502) 561-6100, ext. 6111 or visiting www.KYScienceCenter.org.