Dear Friends of WESEF,
It’s a new academic year and the Westchester and Putnam Science and Engineering Fair is prepping for their biggest science fair ever! This year, WESEF will host over 600 participants from over 40 high schools throughout our region. It is so exciting to be able to bring this opportunity to so many aspiring young scientists and engineers.
In order for us to continue providing this type of experience for students, we’d like to ask YOU to become a part of the growing community that supports this exciting STEM event which affords local students international opportunities.
An experience like this can propel a student to achieve things they didn’t think possible. Designing, completing, preparing, and presenting research is unlike any other high school experience. Even if students do not end up continuing in a STEM related field, the skills that are developed through this type of long term project are indispensable in any profession.
This experience, the awards, the opportunities… ALL of it… exist due to the financial support of a community of alumni, parents, and STEM advocates. Thanks to the continued tremendous financial support over the past seventeen years, WESEF has been able to grow from 59 participants in 2001 to over 600 participants in 2018.
All funds will be used to help support the many expenses that are involved in running a dual countywide science fair for hundreds of students and sending the finalists to represent our region at international science fairs. For example, WESEF provides all of the over 600 students and 300 professional judges with lunch, and an exciting awards ceremony. In addition, over 50% of the students are recognized, often with monetary awards, and the student finalists, their mentors, teachers, and parents are honored at a celebration banquet. These are just a few examples of the many services that WESEF provides for the high school students of Westchester and Putnam STEM community.
We are looking to continue our growth and provide even more opportunities to aspiring research scientists, engineers, mathematicians, medical and mental health professionals. In order to achieve our goal, we need you to be a part of it!
This 1st Annual WESEF Fundraising Campaign will last until the day of WESEF 2018 and our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000.
WESEF 2018 will be on Saturday, March 17th at Sleepy Hollow High School. More details can be found at www.wesef.org
WESEF is a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation and therefore all donations are tax deductible.