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Schools' Science, Engineering Fair at UCR

UC Riverside to Host K-12 Science, Engineering Fair

Top Student Scientists to Show the Best Projects in the District

(March 10, 2003)

The public is invited to view the research of Riverside’s top student-scientists from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday March 12, in the 15th Annual Riverside Unified School District Science and Engineering Fair at the University of California, Riverside, Commons Terrace Rooms. The event is free and open to the public.

UC Riverside faculty and graduate students will be among those judging about 150 science projects submitted by students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. The public viewing follows two day’s of judging and precedes an awards ceremony, which is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UC Riverside, University Theatre.

Science fair projects cover areas such as earth science, biology, behavioral and social sciences, engineering, medicine and health, and zoology. Winning projects advance to the Inland Empire Science and Engineering Fair at the Orange Show in San Bernardino on April 22 and 23. From there, winners advance to the state science fair in Los Angeles scheduled for May 19 and 20.

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside, and the Riverside Unified School District sponsor the fair.

“Mathematics, science and technology make our lives possible, just as art literature and music make our lives worth living,” said Dr. Pamela Clute, an education and mathematics lecturer and executive director of the ALPHA Center at UC Riverside. “If we as a country want to remain economically powerful and internationally competitive, we must have citizens who enjoy mathematics, science and technology and are competent in these fields.”

Student Curiosity is fueled by motivated teachers and university professors who have a passion for science and who take the time to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with young learners, according to Clute.

“The science-fair experience is a key factor in stimulating students’ interest and is a prime example of school districts and universities working in partnership to make a difference in future generations,” she added.

Visitors are encouraged to park in Lot 30/Transportation Hub 1 at the corner of Canyon Crest Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. An attendant will be handing out parking permits for the event. Tram service will take visitors between Lot 30 and the Terrace Rooms until 6:30 p.m.

Parking for the awards ceremony will be available from 5 p.m. in Lot 6. Signs will direct visitors the short distance to the University Theatre. After the ceremony, tram service will be available from lot 6 for those parked in Lot 30.

For more information about the event contact Joy Peoples at the Riverside Unified School District at (909) 788-7444 or Carol Lerner at the UC Riverside College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at (909) 787-5089.

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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