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Science and Engineering Fair Scheduled at UC Riverside for Feb. 16-18.

Young Innovators Find Solutions to Tomorrow’s Needs at Science and Engineering Fair

Local K-12 students to present nearly 260 projects at UC Riverside, Feb. 16-18

(February 12, 2010)

A student at a past Science and Engineering Fair at UC Riverside.  Each year, the university partners with the Riverside Unified School District to host the event.Enlarge

A student at a past Science and Engineering Fair at UC Riverside. Each year, the university partners with the Riverside Unified School District to host the event.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – How would you rescue a wet cell phone? Does music affect your driving speed? Does sleep deprivation affect your IQ? Are bigger magnets also stronger magnets? And does sound affect the way tomato hornworm caterpillars eat?

More than 275 K-12 students from nearly 25 local schools will answer these and other intriguing questions at the 21st annual Science and Engineering Fair at UC Riverside, Feb. 16-18.

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.

This year, the students will present nearly 260 innovative projects at the fair, which UCR is hosting in partnership with the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD).

The fair will take place at the Pentland Hills Bear Cave on campus. During the first two days, students will set up their projects; UCR researchers and RUSD volunteers will judge the competition. The public can view all the projects on Thursday, Feb. 18, 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.

“Every year the fair gets better and better,” said Thomas O. Baldwin, the dean of UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). “What these young people are able to achieve is remarkable, and shows the excellent education they are receiving in science and math. Our faculty and graduate students enjoy judging the entries, and our departments enjoy providing prizes for the winners. This is indeed fun!”

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 students on their projects.

“It is always gratifying to observe the creativity and the energy of the participating students as they apply what they have learned to real-world problems,” said Reza Abbaschian, the dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. “These future scientists and engineers represent the promise for our future, and we’re pleased to host them and encourage their pursuit of new knowledge.”

Rick Miller, RUSD superintendent and former math and science teacher, is enthusiastic about the UCR/RUSD partnership.

“Our students don't just get to study science and engineering, but they actually do science and work with university engineers and scientists,” he said.

The University of California, Riverside ( 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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