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March 12, 2013

DWU to host regional science fair

MITCHELL — Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 21st annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 26, in the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center on campus.

The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 30 schools in 18 South Dakota counties. Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

Students participating in this regional event will bring projects that have already won in science fairs at local schools. This year’s fair includes 147 projects produced by 231 students.

Last year’s fair saw many students who would go on to become national and international winners: Justin Krell, Plankinton, won a second-place award and $1,500 at the International Science and Engineering Fair; and Emily Mudder and Alyson Roth, both from Avon, won one of six special awards from the Alcoa Foundation, those students split $10,000. At subsequent national fairs several students won honorable mentions, including Kayla White and Jackie Ortmeier, from Mitchell, at the I-SWEEP in Texas. At the Genius Olympiad in New York, honorable mentions were: Lanae VanGerpen andAmanda Reiff, Avon, and Andrea Archambeau and Trinity Twiss,Marty.

This year, projects are expected to include laser holograms, pregnant pumpkins, motorized school desks and even the results of nuclear blasts.

“These projects promise to display interesting science and engineering,” said Dr. Mike Farney, DWU professor of mathematics and science fair director. “We look forward to sending our finalists to Phoenix for a demanding round of international competition.”

More than 75 judges will select the winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 12-17 in Phoenix; one project to advance to I-SWEEP May 8-13 in Houston; and one project will compete June 16-21 in Oswego, N.Y.

Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, recognition by a variety of military branches, and university scholarships, including $10,000 to the senior grand award winners.

Names of schools participating in the South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair: Andes Central High School and Middle School, Armour Middle School, Avon High School and Middle School, Corsica High School and Middle School, Dakota Christian High School and Middle School, Klein Middle School, Lakeview Middle School, Littleburg Middle School, Marty Indian High School, Mitchell Senior High School and Middle School, Mount Vernon High School and Middle School, O’Kreek Middle School, Plankinton High School and Middle School, Spring Creek Middle School, St. Francis Indian Middle School, Stickney High School and Middle School, Todd County High School and Middle School, White Lake High School and Middle School, and White River High School and Middle School.

In addition to DWU, sponsors include The Daily Republic, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies Ltd., Corey and Lisa Thelen, Davison County Implement and Logan Luxury Theatre.


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