Students heading to Japan for science fair
The Citizens. Grishma Rimal. May 31, 2017.

For a third time, student researchers from the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology have been invited to attend Japan’s Super Science High School Fair.

Later this summer, Khaylie Boothe, Jacqueline Gomez and Anna LaMontagne will travel to Kobe, Japan, to present their research to the event’s international audience.

The three students whose research interests vary greatly will present as a group under the title of “Scientific Inquiry at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology.” The students will present research posters and deliver an oral presentation during the four-day event.

Boothe and Gomez’s research is based in the biomedical and health sciences field, while LaMontagne looks at environmental engineering.

This year’s group will be chaperoned by Debra Russell, a biology teacher at RMSST.

“I am most excited about meeting and interacting with students from all over the world and seeing how our group responds and interacts with them,” Russell said. “I know it will be an awesome experience.”

She added that she is excited to see and experience a part of the world that she has never visited.

Scott Bolen, RMSST’s research coordinator, said he is excited and honored for RMSST to have been invited for a third time to present in Japan.

“Participation in Japan’s SSH fair has really illustrated to me the global significance of a STEM-focused education,” Bolen said. “Fairs and events like this teach students and remind teachers that science translates easily across borders and despite language differences.”

The 2017 Japan Super Science High School Fair will take place from Aug. 6 to 13.

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