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Regional Science & Engineering Fair coming to campus April 28

Minnesota State Mankato to host event for 61st year.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-24-2012

More than 1,150 projects will be presented by more than 1,250 students in third through sixth grades at the South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science & Engineering Fair, the Elementary School Division that will be held Saturday, April 28 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Students will be exhibiting their projects in Bresnan Arena in the Taylor Center as well as Myers Field House. The general public is invited to view all projects from 12:40 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Bresnan Arena and from 12:40 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Myers Field House. There is no cost for the general public to attend.

Minnesota State Mankato and the University’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology are the two major sponsors of the event. This year marks the 61st year that the regional event has been hosted by Minnesota State Mankato.

“The South Central/Southwest Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a signature outreach event of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology,” said Vijendra Agarwal, dean of the college. “I would like to congratulate all the participants on the completion of their research project, and wish them the best of luck in the competition.”

The combined South Central/Southwest Minnesota Minnesota Regional Science & Engineering Fair is one of the largest regional science and engineering fairs in the United States.

The South Central Minnesota Region includes schools from the counties of Blue Earth; Brown; Carver; Faribault; Freeborn; Le Sueur; Martin; McLeod; Nicollet; Scott; Sibley; Waseca; and Watonwan. The Southwest Minnesota Region includes schools from the counties of Chippewa; Cottonwood; Jackson; Lac Qui Parle; Lincoln; Lyon; Murray; Nobles; Pipestone; Redwood; Renville; Rock; Swift; and Yellow Medicine.

Regional science and engineering fairs bring together the most outstanding projects that have been selected from school fairs within a city, county, group of counties, state or nation. Sponsors of such fairs include newspapers, universities, and scientific and engineering companies or societies.

Science and engineering fairs enrich the school curriculum at the elementary, middle, and high school levels by providing an opportunity for students to do independent project/research work, develop displays, have their work judged by professionals in the fields of science and engineering, share similar interests with other students, compete for awards and receive local, national and even international recognition. For future scientists and non-scientists alike, the science and engineering fair program provides experiences and motivation that are reflected in both personal growth and academic success.

Information is available at Those who want more information may contact Bill Bessler by email at or Mary Van Duynhoven at 507-389-2849 and by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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