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For Immediate Release
March 01, 2018

IPFW Hosts 2018 Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will host the 63rd Annual Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEIRSEF) on Saturday, March 3, in Walb Union’s Classic and International Ballrooms. From constructing trebuchets of doom to studying the negative effects of technology on Generation Z, the students are the experts when they share their research and explain its potential impact.

Students in the Junior Division (grades 4–8) who placed in their local school science fair and students in the Senior Division (grades 9–12) will compete for numerous awards and more than $2,500 in cash prizes that were donated by area businesses and organizations dedicated to science and engineering. The students represent 43 schools and one homeschool group in an eight-county area that includes Adams, Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Miami, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.

The day begins at 7:45 a.m. with student arrival and set-up, and judging will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. Project displays will be open to the public from noon to 12:30 p.m. The day concludes with the award ceremony at 4 p.m. Fair details and a full schedule can be found on the NEIRSEF website.

“We are excited to continue this longstanding tradition of showcasing and rewarding the hard work our young scientists and engineers have conducted over the past year,” said Matthew Perkins Coppola, assistant professor of science education and NEIRSEF director.

This year, three teachers will also be selected to receive awards for their outstanding work in supporting student research. The educators will be recognized at the awards ceremony and introduced by the student who nominated them.

Winners of the NEIRSEF will move on to the 30th Annual Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF) on Saturday, March 24, in Indianapolis. Students in the Junior Division will be judged for prizes and awards, while Senior Division winners will join the Indiana delegation to compete at the 2018 Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair May 13–19 in Pittsburgh.

Indiana’s science and engineering fairs highlight the importance and value of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and encourage the kids to pursue an education and career in the STEM field.

For more information, contact Matthew Perkins Coppola at 260-481-6516 or