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Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair

March 19, 2003 — Middle and high school students from Salt Lake and Tooele counties will present research experiments and results at the Salt Lake Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 28 and 29 at the University of Utah.

Students will present their projects to judges from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday March 28 at the university’s Jon M. Huntsman Center. News reporters are invited to cover the fair during this time. The fair will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday March 29. Free parking is available in the lot due east of the Huntsman Center. Enter from South Campus Drive. Available spaces will be designated.

The Utah Engineering Experiment Station at the University of Utah is responsible for organizing the fair, which will feature about 150 projects representing 13 science and engineering categories.

Titles of experiments entered so far include: “Flip and Go Robot,” “Microwave: Friend or Foe?” “Car Thing,” “Tornadoes,” “Explorations in Variable Gear Ratio Systems,” “Driven to Distraction,” “Queen of Clean,” “Which Battery Will Keep on Going,” “Ice Cubes” and “What Effect Does Humidity Have on Growth of Cheese Molds?”

Grand award winners in the senior division will have an opportunity to represent the region at the International Science and Engineering Fair, May 11-17 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Salt Lake Valley fair is an opportunity to promote student involvement and interest in science and engineering; foster University of Utah and community cooperation in developing the scientific potential and communication skills of tomorrow’s leaders; publicly recognize the achievements of talented students; and recognize science teachers for their outstanding dedication and commitment to students.

The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. First, second and third-place winners will be awarded cash prizes and other awards presented by these sponsors: Intel Corp.; American Industrial Hygiene Association; Reaveley Engineers & Associates, Inc.; Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres’ Megaplex 12; Utah Geological Association; Society of Women Engineers; American Meteorological Society; Eastman Kodak Co.; U.S. Army; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Metric Association; Yale Science and Engineering Association and the University of Utah’s College of Engineering, College of Mines and Earth Sciences and Health Sciences Center.