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Things to Know Before Attending the 2017 LSF

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Teachers:

I wish to extend my congratulations to all the students chosen to participate in the Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair (LSF). The LSF is one of the seven regional science fairs in South Carolina that are affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Broadcom Masters Competition.

In an attempt to reduce paper waste and increase efficiency, I am relying on email to contact everyone regarding the logistics. Teachers: if you received this email on behalf of your students, please ensure that your students get this information.

There is a lot of information to convey, so please read through this carefully. I will cover the day’s schedule in detail, what to bring, etc.

April 4th Schedule of Events

11:30 – 1:00

Check-in and set up exhibits (enter TD Arena on Meeting Street)

-       Student exhibits must be set up by 1:00*

12:15

Category & Special Awards Judges meeting in McAlister Hospitality Suite

1:00 – 3:30

Category and Special Award Judging

-       Students must remain by the exhibits for interviews

3:30 – 4:00

Break

3:30

Final Interview Judges meeting in McAlister Hospitality Suite

4:00

Announcement of 1st place category winners

-       These students must stay for Final Interviews

-       All others may go to dinner at the Fresh Foods Cafeteria*

4:15 – 6:15

Final Interviews to determine overall winners

6:00 – 7:00

Dinner for students in Finals Judging

7:00 – 8:30

Awards Ceremony

*Please note that all students from all divisions must arrive at the same time this year.

ATTIRE

Students should dress nicely for the competition. School names should not be displayed on clothing.

SNACKS & DINNER

I strongly encourage you to pack or send a snack and drink that can be resealed with your child. Unfortunately the concession stands are closed for the season, so there will be no on-site sales of snacks or drinks.

As a reminder, students not participating in the final round of judging will receive a dinner ticket for the Fresh Food Company (CofC’s cafeteria) located at 30 St Philip Street. Each school will receive 2 tickets for chaperones. All others may pay at the door (dinner is $10/person and it is all-you-care-to-eat dining). For more information on the Fresh Food Company, please visit http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSMW/CMU/Locations/FreshFoodCompany.htm.

For students participating in the Final Interviews, dinner will be provided at TD Arena in the McAlister Hospitality Suite following judging. Dinner will consist of mixed green salad with choice of ranch and balsamic vinaigrette, penne pasta, choice of alfredo or marinara sauce, chicken, seasonal vegetables, assorted cookies, lemonade, and water. 

DIRECTIONS TO TD ARENA

301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

From Eastbound Interstate 26 | Take I-26 East into Charleston until the freeway comes to an end. Take Exit 221-B (exits to the left) and follow the signs to Meeting Street. Bear right from the exit ramp on to Meeting Street (at the light). Proceed south 0.85 miles down Meeting Street. The TD Arena is on the right, just past the Calhoun Street/Meeting Street intersection.

From Northbound Hwy 17 | Go southbound into Charleston over Cooper River Bridge, follow signs to Meeting Street. Proceed south exactly 0.85 miles down Meeting Street. The TD Arena is on the right, just past the Calhoun Street/Meeting Street intersection.

From Southbound Hwy 17 | Go northbound across the Ashley River Bridge bearing right onto Lockwood Blvd, staying in the left hand lane. At the first light, after the overpass, turn left onto Calhoun Street. Turn right at the corner of Meeting Street and Calhoun Street. (Intersection - BP Station, hotel, First Citizens Bank). The TD Arena is on your right.

PARKING

Any groups planning to arrive by bus should notify the fair director before March so parking arrangements can be made.

Please see amap of TD Arena (marked as the Carolina First Arena) with nearby parking at http://www.cofcsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205095983&SPSID=72939&SPID=7031&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=14800#. Please note that payment is required for each of these garages and lots.

C of C Parking Garages (numbered to match map)
1. Gaillard Garage - Located on Alexander Street between Calhoun and George
2. St. Philip Street Garage - Located on St. Philip St. between George and Liberty
3. Wentworth Street Garage - Located on corner of St. Philip and Wentworth
4. CofC PG Garage - Located on St. Philip St. between Vanderhorst and Calhoun

Additional PUBLIC Parking
5. Francis Marion Garage - Located on King Street just off Marion Square
6. George Street Surface Lot - Located between Meeting and King
7. Wentworth/Renaissance Garage - Located on Wentworth between Meeting and King
8. Camden Exchange Garage - Located on John Street between Meeting and King
9. Aquarium Garage - Located on Calhoun Street between Washington and Concord

There are a number of city owned metered spaces around the TD Arena.  Please observe all signage on parking areas to avoid being ticketed or towed.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing everyone on April5! Meanwhile, feel free to email hallcr@cofc.edu or call 843.953.7847 with questions.

Cynthia Hall

Director, Lowcountry Hall of Science and Math

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