The date of the Region VII fair has been moved to Feb. 27 through March 1; the state fair will be held March 28-30. Both events will be held in the LSU Union.
“We are thrilled at the expressions of concern we have received from the on- and off-campus communities,” said Gail Hawkes, director of LSU science fair programs. “The program is one that touches all parts of the region and state, and it focuses attention on a group of students that LSU wishes to support and recruit – students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
“With the assistance of groups like the Pelican Educational Foundation, the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium and some potential other partners, we were able to form a coalition of interested groups that will make it possible for LSU to once again host the events,” said Doug Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education. “We’ll continue to work with key stakeholders for long-term viability of the program.”
The Region VII fair includes about 400 students from high schools and middle schools in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Ascension, Iberville and Pointe Coupee parishes. Approximately 700 students are selected from regional fairs around the state to compete in the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair. The LSU fairs are affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, in which students compete for scholarships and awards. Last year, 12 Louisiana students were among the 1,563 students participating in the international competition.
Details on fair dates, schedules and deadlines are posted on the LSU Continuing Education Web site, www.outreach.lsu.edu/sciencefair.