From “Jam Out or Germ Out” to “Game On”: UND hosts science and engineering fair Wednesday
Hardworking seventh- through twelfth-grade students from northeastern North Dakota will participate in the Northeast Regional Science and Engineering fair at UND on Wednesday, March 2, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Student participation fees were paid by a joint UND and North Dakota State University program: the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which is administered by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in collaboration with North Dakota State University.
Students at the regional fair will compete in either a junior high or senior high division. Awards will be given in each division as well as for special categories. The division awards determine who will participate in the State Science and Engineering Fair to be held April 7-8, also at UND. State finalists compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles: www.societyforscience.org/isef/.
A point system developed by the International Science and Engineering Fair Association is used by the regional judges, who evaluate and focus on what students have done, how well a student followed scientific methods, the detail and accuracy of their research, and how well experimental procedures were followed. Judges look at how significant the project is in its field, as well as how thorough it was. Besides asking the obvious questions, judges often test the student's insight into their project by asking what was your role--what didn't you do and what would be your next step?
Contact information for the regional science fairs can be found at http://ndinbre.org/community/sciencefair/.