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Engineering.com hosts two virtual STEM fairs on its ProjectBoard platform

ProjectBoard, developed by engineering.com, provided the platform and resources to deliver and manage both the 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) and the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF).

June 11, 2021  by CM Staff

TORONTO — On June 11, Engineering.com (engineering.com) announced the execution and support for two virtual STEM conferences in the same week. During the third week of May, ProjectBoard, developed by engineering.com, provided the platform and resources to deliver and manage both the 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) and the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), hosted by Youth Science Canada (YSC).

“The importance of cultivating young scientific minds cannot be overstated,” says Frank Baldesarra, engineering.com’s Co-Founder & CEO. “Organizations that provide outlets for STEM students to compete and showcase their inventions often lay the foundation for future careers and achievements in engineering and related fields. We developed ProjectBoard to showcase student projects while creating meaningful connections through engagement, recognition, and feedback. We’re excited that it also serves as a strong resource for online events. The platform helps bring some excitement from the physical world into the virtual, allows real-time conversations, and builds lasting impressions that extend beyond the event.”

According to ProjectBoard Co-Founder and engineering.com Chief Technology Officer Renata Vaccaro, “the size, scope, complexity, and timing of Regeneron ISEF and CWSF required an extraordinary amount of preparation and effort by our team before and during the events. We are delighted with the results and proud to be associated with such great organizations. The ProjectBoard platform has proven to be a unique and valuable solution since its launch in 2019 and we continue to see new and exciting opportunities for different applications.”

During their conference, the Regeneron ISEF finalists competed for nearly $5 million in awards, prizes, and scholarships. There were 154,429 new user visits to the site, along with 10,648 registered users for the event in addition to the 1,861 finalists and 1,727 judges. YSC’s Canada-Wide Science Fair had 8,559 registered users and 17,948 new user visits to the platform. This year, over 1,500 finalist projects were submitted between the two events, and perhaps aided by the nature of the online format, there were more female participants in the CWSF than males.

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