Saturday, April 2, 2016

Alabama Science and Engineering Fair 2016

We are so proud of Hamza qualifying for the Alabama State Science Fair with his senior research project, but knew that competition would heat up at the State level. We weren't quite sure how he would perform, but had no doubts that he had a sound, well prepared presentation for his rather unique topic. Ten students from ASFA qualified, and they all rode the bus up this Thursday to Huntsville, to compete in the junior and senior divisions. Thursday evening was set up, and Friday was the actual science fair. The students stood by their posters and presented to the judges during the morning hours, and there was a break during the middle of day, followed by an afternoon where the posters were available for public viewing. We did not go up for this event, but were planning to go up on Saturday (today) instead.

Friday evening was the banquet, and special awards were presented by various sponsors. This is where I can proudly say that Hamza outdid himself! He was confident that his presentations went well, but I'm not sure if he was expecting to receive these awards! From Boeing, he received a best in category certificate for Embedded Systems.

Honorable mention:

In addition, he received this, which included a $100 Visa gift card:

Awarded from Intel, a certificate and a $200 cash award:

From IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), a certificate and a $100 check

From AIAA, this certificate came with a $50 check:

All of these were awarded on Friday, so sadly, we weren't there to watch him receive the awards. But Saturday wasn't a disappointment either! He received second prize in his category in the Senior division, and this was accompanied by a $75 cash award.

The one I was particularly proud of, interestingly, is one that he won't actually be able to take advantage of. He was one of four seniors to be awarded the University of Alabama at Hunstville's Director's scholarship, which is four years of half scholarship if he enrolled in the university there.

He obviously will not cash in on this one, since he is going to be starting school at Auburn University in the fall. But to me, this is a huge honor. He didn't even apply to UAH, and is confident in his decision to go to Auburn.

And here is my young man, back at home, obliging me with a photograph.

My heart is filled with joy, and we all feel so blessed that he is able to enjoy the fruits of many, many hours of hard work. He plans to put his cash awards towards the purchase of a new computer, a very wise decision!

Congrats to all his classmates who performed great too! One of them will also be representing Alabama at ISEF, the International Science Fair, which will take place in Phoenix, in mid May.


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