Meredith Hosts N.C. Science and Engineering Fair Saturday

Young scientists from across the state will gather at Meredith College in Raleigh on Saturday, March 26, to participate in the 24th N.C. Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF). Students from 3rd grade through 12th grade will present their original science and engineering research. NCSEF showcases the highest level of student achievement in the state.

Students competing in the NCSEF were selected from last month’s 10 regional competitions. Advancing to the state competition are 252 student research projects.

The student projects will be available for public viewing from 2:30 and 4 p.m. in the Science and Math Building and Ledford Hall on Meredith’s campus.

“In today’s global economy, science, mathematics and technology are cornerstones of many countries’ economic development strategy. It is imperative that we establish a passion in our youth for science and math,” said Sam Houston, president and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center). “The North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair is designed to actively engage students in science and technology, and practice the adult skills of not only finding answers, but explaining them to others.”

The SMT Center’s support for science competitions includes recruiting and providing training for scientists and engineers to serve as judges at the State Science and Engineering Fair as well as local and regional fairs. According to Dr. Houston, science competitions such as the NCSEF can be an outlet for students to showcase scientific research they have conducted for high school graduation projects and other external student and community science initiatives.

Students will have opportunities to compete for financial awards and the opportunity to present at two prestigious international student research competitions, among other special awards this year according to Judy Day, Director of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair and Assistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Research at North Carolina State University.

Selected high school students will go on to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) that will take place in May in Los Angeles, Calif., to display their research with 1,500 students from over 40 countries. Two high school projects will be selected to represent NCSEF at the International Sustainable World of Energy, Engineering & Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP) in Houston, Texas in May. Top middle school projects will be nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS™ (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, that inspires and encourages the nation's young scientists, engineers and innovators.

NCSEF sponsors include:
•Time Warner Cable: Connect A Million Minds
•NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
•Duke Energy
•Progress Energy
•Burroughs Wellcome Fund
•Banner Pharmacaps
•Talecris Biotherapeutics
•Strategic Educational Alliances
•Carolina Biological
•BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
•Fisher Science Education, Thermo Fisher Scientific
•Marsha and Bill Morris
•Meredith College
•North Carolina State University.

Date Submitted: 2011-03-25

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