STEM contest open to Maine students

For the third consecutive year, S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc. will hold a fall contest for schools throughout the company’s service areas to promote science and engineering educational programs. The contest, called “Dig Into Science with S. W. Cole Engineering,” is open to science, math or engineering students in grades 1–12 in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Since the competition’s inception, S. W. Cole has awarded one prize for each of its office locations—and this year is no exception. While last year’s contest named seven winners, S. W. Cole will choose eight winners for the 2013-14 contest to mark the firm’s new office in White River Junction, Vt. Since this office is the firm’s first in Vermont, this year also marks the first time the contest is open to students in the Green Mountain State.

Students will enter the contest as a class (e.g., Miss Jones’ third grade class at an elementary school, or Mr. Smith’s fourth period 11th grade chemistry class), and each winning class will be awarded $1,000 for the purpose of attending a pre-approved extracurricular program related to science, math or engineering. More than 25 programs and centers are on the list of approved programs, including the Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine in Portland; the SEE Science Center in Manchester, N.H.; the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vt.; and many other related educational centers and programs throughout the area. Stipends can also be used to bring an assembly or interactive program to the school, and winners may suggest a program not on the list. Winning schools must use the stipend at a Maine-, New Hampshire- or Vermont-based program or center by the end of the 2013-14 school year.

The contest will begin in September. More information, including exact start and end dates and rules for entering, will be available this summer on S. W. Cole’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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