UMass Amherst to Host Science Fair for Area High School, Middle School Students

AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 100 middle and high school students from throughout western Massachusetts will travel to the University of Massachusetts next week to compete in the UMass Amherst Regional Science Fair. The science fair will be held in the Campus Center Auditorium on Tues., March 23, from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Projects will be presented in categories including biological sciences, behavioral sciences, environmental sciences, physical sciences, and engineering. Middle school and high school students are judged separately. More than 55 people, including UMass and Five College staff, faculty, and graduate students, along with representatives of industry and government offices, will serve as judges. Prizes will be provided by a variety of sponsors.

Participating schools include: Amherst Regional High School; Belchertown High School; Brookings and Chestnut middle schools, Springfield; Greenfield High School; Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Buckland; and Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, Orange.

The event is hosted by the office of the dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Office of University Outreach, and is one of six regional state fairs. Winners from the regional fairs will compete at the Massachusetts State Science Fair in Cambridge on Fri. and Sat., April 30-May 1.