History of the S/I/T

In 1984, Rockland Teachers’ Center director Pat Sweet and O&R manager Judy Lankau met to explore ways to raise young people’s awareness of energy related issues. They invited the directors of the East Ramapo and Nyack Teacher Centers to join the discussion, and the result was S.E.E. – the Student Energy Exhibition. The exhibition was held at O&R offices in Spring Valley in 1984, then moved to Blue Hill Plaza in 1985. More than 100 students participated each year.

In 1986, the Science, Invention and Technology Exhibition (S/I/T) made its first appearance in the Spring Valley High School and was opened to students in public, parochial, and private schools throughout the county as well as those children being home-schooled.

S/I/T, the only Rockland county-wide science fair, hosts approximately 350 students in grades 5 through 12 each year. The exhibition has been held at the North Rockland High School for the past 18 years. The wonderful facilities and tremendously supportive school community at NRHS have made it a perfect location for S/I/T. The program is run by a committee of volunteers including teachers, parents, business people, and students from North Rockland High School ’s Honor Society, Key Club, and ROTC. Financial support is provided by the county’s three teacher centers, numerous businesses, and individual families.The S/I/T Exhibition seeks to foster student interest in science, invention, and technology; provide an opportunity for students to actively demonstrate what they are learning in those fields; encourage students to expand and apply their learning beyond the classroom; and develop students’ life skills as they prepare for the workforce and higher education; through the collaborative efforts of the business and educational community.

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