On November 18, 2017, the EMA held its annual science fair mentoring event, this year in conjunction with the Science & Engineering Fair of Metro-Detroit at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. “Science Fair Success: Your Best Project” focused on what it takes to construct a proper science fair project, whilst providing students the opportunity to interact with industry professionals to discuss their project ideas and essentially “pick their brains” for inspiration.

With over 100 student and parents in attendance, this event was by far our most successful to date. In overhearing conversations, students inquired on topics ranging from Ford’s use of soybean-based foam in their vehicles, to creating a mechanism that operates like X-Men Wolverine’s claws. The excitement in their voices as they discussed their thoughts with our mentor volunteers is what makes this event worthwhile, watching the wheels turn and their interest in science grow.

What truly makes this event so special is all of our mentor volunteers. Every volunteer brought a unique perspective to the table, coming from a range of backgrounds within the environmental science field. Representatives from VMX International, Green Beings Recycling, Somnio Global Laboratories, and Marine Pollution Control amongst other members of the scientific community were able to chat with students about ideas and methods of creating their projects. Students were able to speak freely and thoughtfully with everyone, engaging in a manner that highlighted their excitement within the world of science, and helping us further our goal of getting students interested in the field.


Every student received “swag bags” filled with items donated by member companies PROS Services, PPG Industries, and Midwest Analytical Services as well a science fair resource packet complete with a periodic table. Thanks to a generous donation from US Ecology, we were also able to raffle off two Samsung Galaxy tablets to students, as well as Ford Motor Company for providing amazing educational giveaway items including several virtual reality headsets.