Athens, Ga. – Approximately 700 students will participate in the 60th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the Athens Classic Center April 2-5. Since 1948, the University of Georgia has been home to this statewide science competition where Georgia’s top students exhibit their original scientific research.
Students in grades 6-12 were selected to exhibit their research projects. Each participant earned the opportunity to compete in the state fair by winning top honors in one of 21 affiliated regional fairs. Exhibits will include projects and experiments in 17 distinct categories, including biochemistry, engineering and plant sciences.
Science fair research projects provide education and training opportunities to Georgia’s students by preparing them to succeed in college and to flourish in an increasingly complex and highly technical world. The exhibits will be judged on creativity, scientific thought and engineering goals, thoroughness, skill and clarity. Judges are recruited from the University System of Georgia, private institutions, scientific organizations and members of industry and government laboratories. A total of 185 judges will participate in this year’s event.
In addition to four grand award prizes of all-expense paid trips to the International Science and Engineering Fair, entrants will compete for more than $48,000 in prizes and awards honoring the best achievements in specific scientific areas. More than 65 award donors from corporations, colleges and universities, government, industry, and professional organizations have donated prizes.
Judging will take place Thursday, April 3. The public is invited to view the projects during the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair open house, Friday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Athens Classic Center.