Young Scientists & Inventors Fair for Homeschoolers At the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, November 16


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
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photo attachment:  Young inventor Thomas Edison, turned his family basement into a lab at the age of nine, decided at an early age to become an inventor. 

Young Scientists & Inventors Fair for Homeschoolers
At the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Fort Myers, Florida (October 11, 2010) - The first annual Young Scientists & Inventors Fair at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be held on November 16, 2010 from 9 AM – 12 PM with an awards presentation at 1:30 PM.  The Inventors Fair is open to all 6th - 12th grade homeschool and virtual students.  There is no cost to register for the Fair.  The Fair strictly abides by the rules and guidelines as defined by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Six students receiving the top awards will proceed on to the Southwest Florida Regional Fair, Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science & Engineer Fair held in January at Harborside Convention Center, as well as the opportunity to participate in state and international level competitions.

A Homeschool Science Fair Projects Workshop is scheduled at the Estates on Tuesday, October 26, 10 AM - 12 PM.  The Workshop will include presentation skills and a “rehearsal” for the Fair.  During the Workshop, every student will have the opportunity to become a judge. The cost to attend the Workshop is $10 for Estates Members, $15 for non members.

“The Young Scientists & Inventors Fair for Homeschoolers at the Estates offers a great opportunity for homeschool students interested in science to compete and advance to other levels,” says Glen Beitmen, Estates science educator and Wild Wizard presenter.  “The Fair gives homeschool students the opportunity to discover their scientific and technical talent as well as demonstrating their research in competition for awards.”

For information on Estates monthly homeschool programs and the Young Scientists and Inventors Fair for Homeschoolers contact the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419. Registration must be received by November 1, 2010.   

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site.

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The Estates has received a grant  from the Florida Legislature through the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State, assisted by the Florida Historical Commission.