March 11, 2013
This week, the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair will exhibit 976 projects by 1,310 area students in grades 4-12 at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd. The public is invited to observe the students’ findings about animals, the environment, computers, engineering design, the molecular world, earth and space, chemistry, matter and energy—to name a few.
Projects will be on display Thursday, March 14, from noon to 5 p.m. and Friday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Science and engineering topics for projects vary widely. A few examples are “Multi-Tasking: Boys or Girls?”; “Can We Stop Tsunami Waves?”; “The I-pod Pillow”; and “The Effect of the Type of Sports Drink on the Amount of Electrolytes.”
Over the years, the fair has offered tens of thousands of students in grades 4-12 the opportunity to explore their scientific curiosity and share the results of their experiments with other students from throughout the metropolitan area.
Organized and conducted by Science Pioneers, Inc., the fair is one of the largest science fairs in the country. Approximately 250 scientists, physicians, engineers, educators and other professionals will serve as judges.
The top winners in each age group and subject area will receive awards, including college scholarships, saving bonds, scientific instruments and other prizes. Five top senior-level projects will receive the Pioneers in Science Awards. The students who receive the Grand Award for the top three senior-level projects will win an expense-paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 12-17, in Phoenix, Ariz.
The awards ceremony will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 15, at Bartle Hall.
The event is free to the public.