Oklahoma City University News
OCU to Host Regional Science Fair
The Oklahoma City Regional Science and Engineering Fair for middle school and high school students will be held at Oklahoma City University Feb. 18 and 19. The exhibits will be on display in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center south of the Freede Center at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue.
A closed-room judging process is from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 18, and the exhibit hall will be open to the public from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 19.
Winners of the regional fair will compete at the state science fair next month in Ada for a chance to move on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif.
Terry Conley, biology professor and associate dean of OCU’s Petree College of Arts and Sciences, said science fairs offer young students the perfect chance to learn proper scientific procedure while learning more about the world.
“It’s competitions like this that spark curiosity in the minds of our youth,” Conley said. “This will be our fourth year to host the regionals, and I’m always impressed by how motivated these students are in their research and presentation abilities.”
Awards for the regional fair will be presented at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in Kerr McGee Auditorium in OCU’s Meinders School of Business.
Conley expects approximately 100 projects will be entered. The exhibit categories include behavioral and social sciences; biochemistry, medicine and health sciences; botany and zoology; Earth and space sciences; engineering; environmental science; mathematics and computer science; microbiology and physical science. Students may also compete in the team projects category, which are allowed to have up to three students per team.
Students are divided into two divisions according to grade — Division I for grades 10 through 12 and Division II for grades seven through nine.