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Riverside Schools Hold Science Fair Feb. 12-14 at UCR


Explosion of Ideas Rocks Riverside Schools Science Fair and Awards Feb. 12-14

Hosted by UC Riverside, more than 200 projects submitted by students ranging from cooking with solar to truck redesign will be on view for the public.

(February 8, 2008)

North High School student Daniel Kari is continuing his research on bark beetles.Enlarge

North High School student Daniel Kari is continuing his research on bark beetles.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.edu — More than 200 student science projects will be on display for the public from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14 at the 19th Annual Riverside Unified School District Science and Engineering Fair at the University of California, Riverside

"The quality of projects last year was superior,” said UCR’s Pamela S. Clute, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Partnerships and ALPHA Center, Executive Director. “It was clear to me that the students of Riverside Unified School District were motivated, curious and creative in choosing topics to explore.”

Clute, who was the keynote speaker at last year’s fair, believes the event allows students to use their factual learning and focus it on authentic problems showing their ability to think critically.

“The partnership between our district and the university over the past 10 years has been exceptional,” said Riverside Unified School District Superintendent Susan J. Rainey. “Science truly comes alive for students when they apply their classroom learning to interesting research projects. I’ve seen students who were once disinterested in their science classes begin to plan their futures as scientists, researchers, engineers and mathematicians after participating in the science fair.”

Viewings of this year’s entries will be in the Bear Cave at the Pentland Hills Residence Hall. All students participating will receive an award in addition to those qualifying for first through fourth place. UCR and Riverside Public Utilities-sponsored awards are also given. Winners will be announced at a 6 p.m. ceremony Feb. 14 at the University Theatre.

Students have submitted projects that range from solar ovens, to carpet bacteria, to comparing who has the cleanest saliva, dogs or humans.

Out of the 200 projects, 44 will be selected for the Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino (RIMS) Inland Science and Engineering Fair held April 15 and 16 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

Bradley Hyman, UCR professor of biology, will be the keynote speaker during Thursday’s awards ceremony.

“UCR is proud to host this science fair event that fosters and rewards young people’s interest in science and connects UCR faculty directly with these students,” said Angela Phillips Diaz, special assistant to the chancellor. A NASA executive, she will be working to enhance UCR programs that inspire students to stay in school and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math fields. “The students participating in the science fair are the next generation of innovators and explorers who must be encouraged to stay the path to higher education, especially in the areas of science and mathematics. These students are the future workforce of the Inland Empire.”

Parking for project viewing is available in Lot 26, next to the UCR Sports Complex at Blaine Street and Canyon Crest Drive. Shuttles will take visitors to the viewing area at the Pentland Hills Residence Hall. Parking for the awards ceremony is available in Lot 6. Maps and detailed parking information are available at the information kiosk at the campus entrance at University Avenue or on the campus map and the Transportation and Parking Services web sites. Parking on campus is $6 per vehicle per day and may be purchased for shorter periods at the information kiosks. Parking after 4 p.m. is $5 per vehicle for the day.


The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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