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Young Scientists to Showcase Work
at Science Fair

From Tech Today

Three hundred and sixty students in grades four through eight will participate in the 11th annual Western Upper Peninsula Science Fair on Monday, March 30, at the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Students submit projects on experiments they conducted using the scientific method. They are judged on the scientific content of a written report, a display and an oral interview with two judges. Tech faculty and staff and community volunteers serve as judges.

Western UP Science Fair Website

Projects entered in the fair will be on public display from 5 to 6 p.m.

From 4 to 8 p.m., students and their families can participate in the Science Festival, where more than two dozen hands-on activities will be conducted by students from Michigan Tech and Finlandia University in the Memorial Union Commons.

More than 120 Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students, in addition to Finlandia students, area teachers and community members, help with the event.

The fair is cosponsored by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and the Michigan Tech chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society.

For more information or to volunteer to be a judge, contact Shawn Oppliger at 482-0331 or shawn@copperisd.org . To participate in the Science Festival, contact Joan Chadde at 487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu .

Oppliger is the director of the Western UP Center, and Chadde is the coordinator of the center's k-12 education program. The center is a partnership of Michigan Tech and both the Copper Country and Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts.

Students in fifteen elementary and middle schools in Houghton, Baraga and Gogebic Counties will participate, including Arvon Township, Atlantic Mine, Baraga, Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw, Chassell, Dollar Bay-Tamarack, Lake Linden-Hubbell, Hancock, Houghton, Wakefield-Marenisco and Watersmeet.

Here is the fair schedule:

* 4-5 p.m.--Students set up projects (Memorial Union Ballroom)

* 4-8 p.m.--Science Festival for science fair participants and their families (Memorial Union Commons)

* 5-6 p.m.--Public Viewing of projects (Ballroom)

* 6-8 p.m.--Project judging (Ballroom)



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