UNC Institute to Host Annual Science Fair Feb. 27

Approximately 300 middle and high school students from Weld and Larimer counties will compete in the 43rd annual Longs Peak Science and Engineering Fair Thursday, Feb. 27, on the University of Northern Colorado campus.

The all-day event in the University Center, 2101 10th Ave., will open for free public viewing at 5:15 p.m. after judging of projects has been completed. Parking is free in adjacent UNC lots after 5 p.m.

Students will present individual or team projects in one of 11 categories included in the fair's junior (fifth- through eighth-graders) and senior (ninth- through 12th graders) divisions.

Categories to be judged are animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, energy and transportation, engineering, environmental sciences, math and computer sciences, medicine and health, microbiology, physics, and plant sciences.

Judges will include science educators, graduate and undergraduate students, and community professionals from the region's science and technology industries.

The event, organized and hosted by UNC's Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute, is one of 13 regional fairs in the state.

Up to 20 projects from the Longs Peak region will qualify for the 2013 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair April 10-12 in Fort Collins, and at least one project will qualify for the International Science and Engineering Fair May 11-16 in Los Angeles.

The mission of the LPSEF is to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing a venue for middle and high school students to showcase their scientific and creative talents and interact with professionals from industry and academia, as well as the collegial population.

For more information, visit http://mast.unco.edu/programs/science_fair/.