ABERDEEN, S.D. – The 30th annual Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair will be Thursday, March 21, in the Northern State University Barnett Center.
It is estimated that roughly 350 junior and senior high school students from 20 area schools will display their science projects. The students come from Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Roberts, Spink and Walworth counties.
Projects will be judged in the morning and will be open for public viewing 1-7 p.m. only. The science fair awards ceremony – open to the public and free of charge – will begin at 6 p.m. upstairs in the Barnett Center.
The top two individuals and top team consisting of two students will receive an all-expense paid trip to Phoenix, Ariz., to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair May 12-17. The students will compete there for several large cash awards and other prizes such as free college tuition.
Junior and senior high science bowls, held in conjunction with the fair, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend.
The science fair is under the direction of Dr. Jodie Ramsay, NSU associate professor of biology and fair director, and Linda Richards, secretary of the NSU math and science department.
Chairing the senior science bowl will be the NSU Science Club under the direction of Dave Pierson, master teacher of chemistry and physics at the NSU Center for Statewide E-Learning. The NSU Honors Program, under the direction of Dr. Erin Fouberg, will organize the junior science bowl.
About 50 NSU faculty and staff members and upper-level students, as well as several professionals from the Aberdeen community, will judge projects at the fair.