EDGE STUDENTS Compete in Southeast Regional Science Fair
Experiential Discoveries in Geoscience Education (EDGE) Program
High School students in the Experiential Discoveries in Geoscience Education (EDGE) Program for the past year at UAS competed in the Southeast Regional Science Fair on Saturday March 29 in the Marie Drake Gym. This was the first time students from both rural and urban communities outside of Juneau competed in the fair. The 2007 EDGE students exhibited their work but were not evaluated by Science Fair judges.
Students from the lower Kuskokwim villages of Kongiganak and Kwigillingok, the Koyukuk River Village of Huslia, Delta, Palmer, Anchorage, and Juneau were selected by their EDGE mentor teachers to begin work on their science fair projects last summer in Juneau through summer workshops. Under represented student populations from Nunapitchuk, Yakutat, Angoon and Hoonah also participated in the EDGE program in 2006-2007. EDGE Tlingit, Athabascan, and Yupik students joined the students of European and Asian ethnicity who are more typically represented in the science fair student population, bringing about greater diversity and providing opportunity mentoring and exposure to Alaska Native students in the sciences. This effort was funded primarily by the National Science Foundation.