was an amazing day for science at Michigan Tech on Thursday,
March 16, as 259 students in grades 4-8 from 17 schools in Houghton,
Baraga, Keweenaw, and Gogebic Counties descended upon the Memorial
Union Building at MTU to display their scientific prowess.
had been required to follow the scientific method as they designed
an experiment on any topic of interest in science. They gained
valuable problem-solving skills and learned to communicate their
findings effectively through a written report, a visual display,
and an interview with judges.
(display, report, and personal interview) were judged by two
judges and their scores were averaged. Ribbons were awarded
for both pairs and individuals for first, second, third, fourth,
fifth, and sixth places in each grade level. Nearly 600 students
and parents packed into 135 Fisher to hear the results at the
120 Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students, plus a dozen
Finlandia students, as well as members of the community, volunteered
their time to serve as judges, conduct science festival activities,
and help manage logistics at the science fair.
fair, now in its eighth year, is hosted by the Western Upper
Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental
Education, MTU Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor
Society, and the MTU Ecosystem Science Center.
on the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics
& Environmental Education’s website:
U.P. Center is a partnership of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon
Intermediate School Districts and Michigan Technological University,
serving 20 school districts and the communities in Houghton,
Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties.