NC Science and Engineering Fair at Meredith March

Young scientists from across the state will gather at Meredith College in Raleigh on Saturday, March 27, 2010, to participate in the N.C. Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF). Students from grades 3 through 12 will present 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 250 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 Harris 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, assistant director, Office of Undergraduate Research at North Carolina State University, and the NCSEF volunteer 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 San Jose, California, 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

Current NCSEF corporate and university sponsors include:
•GlaxoSmithKline
•Time Warner Cable: Connect A Million Minds
•Burroughs Wellcome Fund
•NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center
•Duke Energy
•Strategic Educational Alliances
•BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
•Meredith College
•North Carolina State University

Further information about NCSEF may also be obtained at http://www.ncsciencefair.org and www.ncsmt.org.

Date Submitted: 2010-03-18

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