Earlier this month, the campuses of the Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS) in Everett (PCSSI) and Saugus (PCSS2) hosted the 16th Annual Science and Engineering Fair. This year’s theme was “Reimagining Your Daily Life,” a concept celebrated by nearly 300 student participants.
All of PCSS’ 6-12th grade students participated in a preliminary event in December, and then students were selected to participate in the fair. Judges for the fair were recruited from the STEM community in the Boston area, including MIT, MIT Lincoln Labs, New England Biolabs, Omega Pharmaceuticals, BU and Northeastern.
Each year the Fair aims to allow students to use the scientific method or engineering design process to investigate a question or problem that interests them outside the general class curriculum. This also serves as a method for students to complete an independent research project as part of the PCSS college readiness program and assists students in developing the necessary skills in verbal and written scientific communication.
The mission of PCSS is to prepare educationally under-resourced students for today’s competitive world. PCSS helps students develop the academic and social skills necessary to become successful professionals and exemplary community members through a rigorous academic curriculum emphasizing math and science. Balanced by a foundation in the humanities, a character education program, career-oriented college preparation and strong student-teacher-parent collaboration, PCSS will meet its mission.