DWU to host South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 22nd annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 25, in the Christen Family Athletic Center.

The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 30 schools in 18 South Dakota counties.  Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

Students participating in this regional event will bring projects that have already won in science fairs at local schools.  This year’s fair includes 180 projects produced by 299 students from the following areas: Andes Central, Armour, Avon, Corsica, Dakota Christian, Lakeview (Neb.), Littleburg, Marty Indian School, Mitchell, Mount Vernon, Plankinton, Spring Creek, Stickney, Wagner, Wessington Springs and White Lake.

At last year’s International Science and Engineering fair held in Phoenix, Ariz., Justin Krell, from Plankinton, presented his “Motor Vehicle Concussion Force Impact Detection System.”  Chesney Nagel and Ariana Oorlog, both from Avon, showed a way to extract maximal liquid from a variety of hand-pumped bottles.  A group project from Brant Blaha and Jacob Reeves, also from Avon, came with a geothermal unit that could be used in conjunction with a common clothes dryer.

“While these efforts were ingenious, we believe that the projects at this year’s fair will be even more so,” said Dr. Michael Farney, math professor at DWU and the regional science fair director. “Look for a new type of automobile fuel called hydroxyl, a floating magnet at -320 degrees Fahrenheit, a project that sends high voltages through clouds, growing antlers, a promising start in cloning cancer cells, and a method to keep track of cattle by telemetry. While we are currently encouraging interesting projects, we also want projects that collect lots and lots of data so that there can be little doubt as to the worth of the findings. If our fair runs true to form, you’ll see well-written science fair boards that are well-organized and have enthusiastic researchers standing before them. Come and see the best science that our young South Dakotans have to offer.”

More than 77 judges will select the winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 11-16 in Los Angeles. One project will advance to I-SWEEP April 30-May 5 in Houston, Texas, and another project will compete June 15-20 in Oswego, N.Y., at the GENIUS Olympiad.

Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, and recognition by a variety of military branches. There will also be DWU scholarships awarded, including $10,000 to the senior grand award winners.

In addition to DWU, sponsors include The Daily Republic, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies, LTD., Corey and Lisa Thelen, Davison County Implement, and Logan Luxury Theatres.

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