Projects and Community Service

  • Daytona Section Small Radio Telescope (SRT) Program

    The objective of the Small Radio Telescope Program was to acquire and operate a small radiotelescope (SRT) in support of a comprehensive educational and research program. Started in early 2007, the SRT is now housed at and operated by the Burns Science and Technology Charter School in Oak Hill, Florida.

  • Annual Tomoka Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The Tomoka Science and Engineering Fair is held the beginning of each year and is sponsored by the Volusia County Schools. It’s a student competition for science and engineering-based projects in various categories in both the junior division (middle school) and senior division (high school). Category winners are eligible for prizes, as well as the chance to advance to State and National competitions. In addition to the category awards, various organizations can participate and give special awards for projects related to their interests.

Olivia Bisesi from Spruce Creek High School was selected for our Senior award for her project titled “How Efficient is an Autonomous Robot at Differentiating Objects Within Various Environments.”

The Daytona Section gives a Special Award in both divisions to the project which incorporates the best application of computer science or engineering principles. The 2022 fair was held on January 29th at Stetson University. Section members David Defanti and Marty Oksenhorn were the judges for our Section’s awards. Our award winners receive a check and a plaque. Our winners will also be invited to attend our April Section meeting as our guests.


Troy Gingrich from The Burns Science and Technology Charter School was selected for our Junior award for his project “What is the Strongest Shape in Bridge Design”