Regional Science and Engineering Fair to feature the da Vinci

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News release from IPFW:

Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair to feature the da Vinci

Students attending the Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will have an opportunity to view science and technology up close, thanks to a visit by the da Vinci, courtesy of
regional fair sponsor Lutheran Health Network.

The fair will be this Saturday, March 17, at the IPFW Athletics Center Fieldhouse and will host approximately 300 students whose projects have advanced from their school fair. Those students will display their winning projects and be on-hand to explain them to the judges as they compete for awards, cash prizes, and scholarships.

The da Vinci, a robotic surgical device, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lutheran Health Network medical staff will provide interactive demonstrations which are open to the public.

After the projects are judged from 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to view the displays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Student exhibitors will not be present during public display. The award ceremony for grades K-5 will take place at 3:30 p.m., followed by grades 6-12 at 5 p.m. Both award ceremonies will be shown live on College Access Television and later re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 5 and Frontier 30.

Up to 10 Junior division (grades 6-8) student projects and up to 10 Senior division (grades 9-12) projects will represent the northeast Indiana region at the Hoosier State Science Fair, Saturday, March 31, in Indianapolis. Senior division participants will vie for a chance to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. National awards, cash prizes, and scholarships can be earned at all levels of the fair.

Now in its 57th year, the fair invites all K-12 students who advanced from their local fairs to compete at this regional competition. The students are from an eight-county area: Adams, Allen, Huntington, Kosciusko, Miami, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties. Over 60 schools are expected to participate this year.

Since 1955, the fair has served as a catalyst for thousands of area youngsters by encouraging and rewarding their creativity and inspiring them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The health of our national and local economies depends on sustained innovation in science and engineering. This requires constant renewal of the supply of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, which is intimately tied to the education of youth in these fields. The Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair is the premier venue to showcase the fruits of that education and to ignite the passion of the next generation of innovators.

For more information, contact the regional fair director, Carol Dostal, at 260-481-6905 or dostalc@ipfw.edu, or visit website at ipfw.edu/scifair.

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