Purdue University Fort Wayne will hold the 64th Annual Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NEIRSEF) on Saturday, March 16, in Walb Union’s Classic and International Ballrooms.
More than 100 students in the Junior Division (grades 48) and Senior Division (grades 912) who placed in their local school science fair will compete for numerous awards and more than $2,500 in cash prizes donated by area businesses and organizations. The students represent 34 schools and one homeschool group in an eight-county area that includes Adams, Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Miami, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley.
This year’s research includes investigations of the five-second rule, the effect of pass direction on shot percentage, and the use of algae biomass for water purification and energy production.
The public is encouraged to attend the Citizen Science event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be 11 local organizations, including Science Central, the Girl Scouts, and Allen County Parks, doing demonstrations. PhysFESTT (Physics Festival of Student-Teacher Teams) will demonstrate several physics apparatus, teaching how Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) works and sharing how to levitate objects using sound. Several students in grades K3 will present their research at the Elementary Exhibition. There will also be a free screening of the National Geographic 2018 documentary movie Science Fair in the Walb Union International Ballroom at 2 p.m. The day concludes with the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Fair details and a full schedule can be found on the NEIRSEF website.
Winners of the NEIRSEF will move on to the 31st Annual Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair (HSEF) on Saturday, March 30, in Indianapolis. Students in the Junior Division will be judged for prizes and awards, while Senior Division winners will join the Indiana Delegation to compete at the 2019 Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair May 1217 in Phoenix.
Indiana’s science and engineering fairs are set to highlight the importance and value of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and encourage the students to pursue an education and career in the STEM field.