More than 200 top junior and senior high school science students will compete in the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair April 12-14 at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center in Fort Collins. Representing 13 regions in the state, students exhibiting creativity and excellence will compete for various prizes, and the top two exhibits will win an all-expense paid trip to represent Colorado at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May in San Jose, Calif. The finalists have been chosen from previous Colorado regional science fairs, where as many as 2,000 students participated. The exhibits will be judged on April 12 and are available for viewing by the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13 and 9-11 a.m. April 14. CSEF participants will compete in a number of disciplinary categories including botany, earth and space sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, health and behavioral sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, physical sciences and zoology.
Established in 1956, the Colorado State Science Fair is a private, non-profit organization that sponsors the statewide competition. CSEF, formerly Colorado State Science Fair, is the final event in a year-long sequence of local and regional science fairs.
"The fair stimulates student interest and encourages them in science and engineering by recognition of their ability and achievement," said Courtney Butler, director of CSEF.
Private organizations, corporations, government agencies and universities financially support the fair. In addition to sponsorship, organizations provide special awards to outstanding student exhibits. More than 40 businesses, professional societies and government agencies will provide 120 representatives to judge the exhibits based on criteria of the awarding organization. The organizations present several awards including college scholarships, offers of summer employment, field trips, cash, savings bonds and calculators.
For more information, contact Butler at (970) 498-4121 or David Clark at (303) 497-6215.