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USU to Host Cache County Science and Engineering Fair

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013




Janis Boettinger


STEM Center Vice Provost


Utah State University


Phone: (435) 797-8176


E-Mail: janis.boettinger@usu.edu



LOGAN — Utah State University’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Education, and Mathematics Center (STE2M Center) will host the Cache County Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, March 2. The fair will be held at the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation — HPER — building on the USU campus.


Students from area elementary schools, middle schools and high schools will present their science and engineering projects and compete for awards.


“This regional fair is to showcase students from Cache and Rich counties conducting independent science and engineering research projects, and to provide them with constructive feedback,” said Janis Boettinger, vice provost and interim director, STE2M Center.


Students will set up their projects at 8 a.m. in the gymnasiums on the second floor of the HPER building. Judging will occur between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


The fair is open for public viewing of the project displays 12:30-3 p.m. An awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Awards are presented for projects at all levels.


“There is a huge diversity in projects, including sensory perception of food, plant and microbial growth experiments, environmental quality assessment and remediation, robotics, nanoparticles, electricity and magnetism, psychology and just about any science and engineering aspect of chocolate,” said Boettinger.


Middle school students will be considered for the national Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars) competition. High school students will be considered for the Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair).


“There are 14 elementary school projects, 59 middle school projects and 28 high school projects,” said Boettinger.


Information about the Cache County Science and Engineering Fair, including parking maps, awards, sponsors and the call for volunteers to assist on March 2, can be found online (http://cs.usu.edu/files/uploads/CCSEF/Home.html).


Beginning in fall 2013, the name of the fair will change to the Bridgerland Science and Engineering Fair as students in Cache and Rich Counties will be eligible and encouraged to participate.




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