FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Asking what a cockroach craves might not be considered polite dinner conversation, but for a Fort Wayne middle school student it was a question that warranted further investigation. Judges at the Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair will learn the answer, along with the results of many other science and engineering questions posed by aspiring student researchers, Saturday, March 23, at the Northeast Indiana Regional K–12 Science and Engineering Fair.
The fair will be held in the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Athletics Center Fieldhouse and will host approximately 275 students whose projects advanced from their individual school fairs. Those students will display their winning projects and be on hand to explain them to the judges as they compete for awards, cash prizes, and scholarships.
The projects will be judged from 9 a.m. to noon; the public is invited to view the displays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Student exhibitors will not be present during public display. The award ceremony for grades K–5 will take place at 3:30 p.m., followed by grades 6–12 at 4:45 p.m. Both award ceremonies will be recorded for later broadcast on Comcast Channel 5 and Frontier 30. Dates/times will be listed on the regional fair website after the fair.
Up to 10 Junior division (grades 6–8) student projects and up to 10 Senior division (grades 9–12) projects will represent the northeast Indiana region at the Hoosier State Science Fair, Saturday, April 6, in Indianapolis. Senior division participants will vie for a chance to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. National awards, cash prizes, and scholarships can be earned at all levels of the fair.
Now in its 58th year, the fair invites all K–12 students who advanced from their local fairs to compete at the regional level. The students are from an eight-county area: Adams, Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Miami, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. More than 55 schools are expected to participate this year.
Since 1955, the fair has served as a catalyst for thousands of area youngsters by encouraging and rewarding their creativity and inspiring them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The health of our national and local economies depends on sustained innovation in science and engineering. This requires constant renewal of the supply of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, which is intimately tied to the education of youth in these fields. The Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair is the premier venue to showcase the fruits of that education and to ignite the passion of the next generation of innovators.
For more information, contact the regional fair director, Carol Dostal, at 260-481-6905 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website.