GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Award winners have been announced for the 56th annual Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair that was held on March 18 at the University of North Dakota. The fair had 120 fifth- through twelfth-grade students presenting their research projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, behavioral sciences, and mathematics, among others. Regional schools participating were Adams–Edmore, Dakota Prairie, Lakota, Park River, St. Thomas, and Valley Edinburg. Grand Forks students are from Red River High School and Schroeder Middle School.
Sixteen junior division and 16 senior division projects along with winners from the other regional fairs will advance to the State Science and Engineering Fair, also hosted at UND, April 3–4. Top students from the state fair advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/.
To increase student participation, fees for the regional fair were paid by the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), which is administered by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The immediate goal is to stimulate the development of science, technology, engineering and math education by supporting the ability of all fifth- through twelfth-grade students who wish to participate and compete in their regional fairs and the ND State Science and Engineering Fair. This will ultimately increase the number of North Dakota students entering the technical, educational and health professional workforce pipeline in the state.