Seventeen Bethel Park High School juniors were selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Westinghouse Science Honors Institute.
Participating in this year’s program will be Eliza Albenze, Eli Collavo, Will Coplan, Kyleigh Flood, Tanya Holbert, Rachel Holt, Patra Hsu, Hayley Kubincanek, Jenna Peretin, Nicholas Sauers, Eugene Simeone, Victoria Slawinski, Daniel Sounik, Ryan Tischler, George Tomko, Jerry Varghese and Alexa Will.
These students will attend a 13-lecture series, held on Saturday mornings at Franklin Regional Middle School to gain insight into careers in engineering and science. The lectures will be presented by local professionals. Students are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the lecturers before and after the presentations.
Some of the lecture topics include nuclear power production, FBI forensic investigations, lasers and mechatronics, future human exploration of the solar system and robot development. Students will also have the opportunity to tour the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor at Penn State.
Students who are interested in this program had to go through an application process that includes recommendations from science teachers, high academic standing in science and the humanities and a demonstrated interest in science.
At the end of the lecture series, students will have an opportunity to compete for awards based on their scores on an end-of-the-course exam.