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Future Scientists and Engineers to Present Their Research in Hands-on Competition at UC Riverside

Science and Engineering Fair to showcase 231 projects by local K-12 students, Feb. 8-10

(February 4, 2011)

A student displays her science project at a recent Science and Engineering Fair at UC Riverside.  Photo credit: Strategic Communications.Enlarge

A student displays her science project at a recent Science and Engineering Fair at UC Riverside. Photo credit: Strategic Communications.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Which hemisphere of the brain does a gecko use to find food? Which color of light best supports plant growth? What is the fastest way to cool a soda? Are waters in suburban areas more polluted than waters in urban areas? Do various sunscreen strengths really make a difference in the amount of UV protection they really offer? Can margarine make a better cake than butter?

Hundreds of K-12 students from local schools will answer these and other intriguing questions at the 22nd annual Science and Engineering Fair at the University of California, Riverside, Feb. 8-10. In total, the students from the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) will present 231 projects at the fair.

The fair will take place at the Pentland Hills Bear Cave on campus. Students will set up their projects on Tuesday, Feb. 8; UC Riverside researchers and RUSD volunteers will judge the competition on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The public can view all the projects on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and attend the Awards Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the University Theater. Early arrival at the ceremony is encouraged since seating is limited.

A hands-on competition designed to capture the interest of young people, the fair has in past years inspired students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We look forward every year to the RUSD Science and Engineering Fair,” said Thomas O. Baldwin, the dean of UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). “It's a pleasure to talk to the students, and their parents and teachers, and hear how much enthusiasm they have for their projects. Participating in a science fair is an excellent way for students to expand their interest in science at a personal level. They learn how much fun it is to do.”

UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering is co-hosting the event with CNAS. Researchers at the College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) worked with some students on their projects.

“Each year, I come away truly impressed by the excellent range and quality of projects by these young students,” said Chinya Ravishankar, associate dean and professor in the Bourns College of Engineering. “They are second to none in terms of creativity and innovation. We are proud to be part of a process that nurtures such talent and showcases it on our campus.”
Gillian Wilson, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside, served as a judge at a recent Science and Engineering Fair.  Photo credit: CNAS, UC Riverside.Enlarge

Gillian Wilson, an associate professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside, served as a judge at a recent Science and Engineering Fair. Photo credit: CNAS, UC Riverside.

Visitors to a recent Science and Engineering Fair.  Photo credit: CNAS, UC Riverside.Enlarge

Visitors to a recent Science and Engineering Fair. Photo credit: CNAS, UC Riverside.

A typical student presentation at the Science and Engineering Fair.  Photo credit: CNAS, UC Riverside.Enlarge

A typical student presentation at the Science and Engineering Fair. Photo credit: CNAS, UC Riverside.

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