FORT WAYNE, Ind.—When “The Keys to Success” is a title, one would expect it to be a self-help book or the topic from a motivational speaker. In this case it’s one of the many catchy project titles that judges will come across at the Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 22. With “Fireproof Balloons” and “'Tis the Season to End the Freezin'” also on the list, students become experts when they share their research and explain its potential impact, 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) Gates Athletics Center Fieldhouse and will host 266 students whose projects advanced from 53 schools in an eight-county area: Adams, Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Miami, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. The students will display their winning projects as they compete for numerous awards including over $2,500 in cash prizes, sponsored by local businesses and organizations dedicated to science and engineering.
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.
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 5, in Indianapolis. Senior division participants will vie for a spot as part of the Indiana delegation to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. National awards, cash prizes, and scholarships can be earned at all levels of the fair.
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.