The Union Recorder

January 28, 2014

Georgia College hosts 37th annual science and engineering fair


GCSU Communications

MILLEDGEVILLE —

More than 200 students from across central Georgia will bring their science and engineering skills to Georgia College Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 at Centennial Center.

The 37th annual Georgia College Regional Science & Engineering Fair will display the projects of elementary, middle and high school students from a 10-county region-Baldwin, Bibb, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Putnam, Monroe, Washington, Wilkinson and Twiggs.

Fair participants at all K-12 levels identify problems and design unique, organized and logical strategies to finding solutions. The research process teaches students how scientists and engineers contribute to advancements in their field.

“This is a chance for students to showcase their research skills and earn recognition on regional, statewide and international platforms,” said Dr. Rosalie Richards, Kaolin Endowed Chair in Science and director of the Science Education Center.

The top middle and high school projects will advance on to the state competition in March. The high school winners can also move on to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May.

“We have judges coming from across the state, and we encourage community professionals as well as Georgia College students, faculty and staff to volunteer this year at our fair in Milledgeville,” said Richards.

Also as part of the fair, students can compete in the parachute design challenge where they learn how to apply STEM principles.

The public can view projects, Friday, Jan. 31. at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Center.

An awards ceremony will be held Friday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. in Magnolia Ballroom for elementary-level participants.

The junior/senior division awards ceremony takes place Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. in Magnolia Ballroom.

“The fair is an opportunity for the entire regional community to rally around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), which is a national initiative,” said Richards. “Each year, this fair gives Georgia College an avenue to advance STEM education, increase K-12 student interest in these fields and build stronger partnerships with our regional schools.”

For more information on the Georgia College Regional Science & Engineering Fair, visit gcsu.edu/science/sciencecomps