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Release Date Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Award Winning High Plains Regional Science & Engineering Fair at SD Mines

The 2017 overall winner, Elsie DuBray, went on to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair where she received a third place award and a $1,000 prize in the biochemistry category.  

RAPID CITY, S.D. (March 28, 2018) – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host the 63rd annual High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair Wednesday, April 4, on the SD Mines campus in the King Center (campus map).  Last year’s event was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with a CASE Gold award in the single day event category.

Students in grades 6-12 will compete in the categories including biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and engineering.  The Black Hills Raptor Center will provide a morning presentation in the King Center for the students during the closed judging session.  Science fair projects are open for public viewing from 1:30-2:30 p.m.  The top five scorers in the middle school division for each category will be awarded medals and cash prizes as well as the top three scorers in the high school division at the 3:00 p.m. awards presentation.

The winner of the fair will go on to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair with an all-expense paid trip to Pennsylvania for the student and guardian. Last year’s winner, Elsie DuBray received a third place award and a $1,000 prize in the biochemistry category at this international fair.

Some notable projects this year include health benefits of buffalo, ­­­­effects of Wi-Fi radiation on plant growth, dry ice hovercrafts, alternative oils to run in cars, using macroinvertebrates to assess water quality, and engineering a wearable EEG device.

Volunteer science fair judges are still needed for the event.  Those interested can find registration information here.

Full registration details and a complete schedule can be found online at https://www.sdsmt.edu/SCIENCEFAIR/


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Charles Michael Ray, (605) 394-6082, Charles.Ray@sdsmt.edu

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