Meredith to Host State Science Fair Saturday

Young scientists throughout the state will gather at Meredith College on Saturday, March 28 to participate in the NC Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF). Students from 3rd grade through 12th grade will present their original science and engineering research at the fair. NCSEF showcases the highest level of student achievement in the state.

Students who will compete in the NCSEF were selected from the nine regional fairs that took place throughout the state last month. Approximately 250 students will participate in this year’s event. The student exhibits will be available for public viewing between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Science and Math Building and Harris Hall on Meredith’s campus in Raleigh.

“In today’s global economy, science, mathematics and technology are cornerstones of many countries’ economic development strategy. It is, therefore, 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 NC 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 fairs includes recruiting and providing training for scientists and engineers to serve as judges at the NC Science and Engineering Fair as well as local and regional fairs.

“Students will have opportunities to compete for cash and the opportunity to present at two international student research competitions, among other special awards this year,” said Judy Day, assistant director, Office of Undergraduate Research at North Carolina State University, and NC Science and Engineering Fair director.

Outstanding projects from 5th–8th grade students will be nominated for the Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge. Selected high school students will go on to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair that will take place in May in Reno, Nevada, to display their research with 1,500 students from 40 countries. This year, two middle school projects and two high school projects will be selected to represent NCSEF at the International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project (ISWEEEP) in Houston, Texas.

Date Submitted: 2009-03-27

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