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Middle/High School Regional Science Fair set for Feb. 18

The 61st Annual South Central/Southwest Minnesota Science and Engineering Fair is one of nation's largest.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [2-9-12]

The 61st Annual South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Middle School/Senior High School Division (grades 6-12) has been set for the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Exhibits will be open for public viewing from 12:30-2:30 in the Ballroom on the second floor of Centennial Student Union.

This year’s Fair will be expanded to include some 6th graders for the first time. In previous years 6th graders competed only in the Elementary Division, which will also be held at MSU Mankato in April. The Middle School (grades 6-8) and Senior High School (grades 9-12) compete at the Feb. 18 event. Over 200 projects and research paper will be presented from 35 schools. The Elementary Division (grades 3-6) will compete on Saturday, April 28. The combined Elementary Division with the Middle School/Senior High School Division is one of the largest regional fairs in the nation.

The students’ projects represent 16 areas of science: animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, energy and transportation, engineering: electrical and mechanical, materials and bioengineering, environmental management, environmental sciences, mathematical sciences, medicine and health sciences, microbiology, physics and astronomy, and plant sciences.

In addition to numerous special awards presented by business, industry, professional, academic and corporate sponsors, students compete for an opportunity to move on to one of several advance competitions, including the Tri-State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium or State Science Fair, both in Bloomington, Minn., in mid-March, or the 63rd Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Penn., or I-SWEEEP in Houston, Tex., both in May.

Science and engineering fairs enrich school programs by encouraging students to do independent work, develop displays, be judged by professional scientists and engineers, share interests with other students, compete for awards and earn local, national and international recognition. The Science and Engineering Fair’s work provides an opportunity for students to explore scientific interest or culminate life-long fascination.

Major sponsors of the Science Fair are the Minnesota State Mankato College of Science, Engineering & Technology, MICO, Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (MNCEME), Thin Film Technology Corporation, 3M, General Mills, Norsoft and other individuals and professional organizations with an interest in science, engineering and technology.

Those who want more information may call (507) 389-2849 or go to the Regional Science Fair website at

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