*Due to recent concerns regarding COVID-19, and keeping the best interest of our campus and our community in mind, the following event has been canceled.*
Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 28th annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 17 in the Christen Family Athletic Center on campus.
The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 14 schools in 18 South Dakota counties. Projects will be on display for public viewing from 2 to 5 p.m.
Local science fair winners will bring their already award-winning projects to the regional level in hopes of more recognition and success. This year's fair includes 112 projects produced by 192 students.
Dr. Michael Farney, fair director and professor of mathematics at DWU, said that it would be hard to overestimate the success of last year’s projects.
“Last year we took our three best science projects to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.: an electronic cane for the disabled and two agricultural entries - one that analyzed tomatoes and another on drain tile in agricultural fields. Though we did not win at last year’s international competition, our projects were practical and well-suited to our state,” said Farney. “This year’s projects look to the future and stay grounded in our rural, agricultural roots and we can’t wait to share them with the public.”
More than 58 judges will select the grand awards winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 10-15 in Anaheim, Calif., and one project to compete in Oswego, N.Y.
Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, DWU scholarships - including $13,000 to the senior grand award winners - plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, and recognition by a variety of military branches.
In addition to DWU, sponsors include: The Daily Republic, Dr. Michael and Linda Farney, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies, LTD., C&B Mitchell, Lisa and Corey Thelen, Andrew and Sarah Farke, Jordan Krell, and Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation.
Andes Central High School, Andes Central Middle School, Avon High School, Avon Middle School, Chamberlain High School, Corsica-Stickney High School, Corsica-Stickney Middle School, Homeschooled, Mitchell High School, Plankinton High School, Plankinton Middle School, Wessington Springs High School, Wessington Springs Middle School, and White River High School.