UMass Amherst to Host Science Fair for Area Schools

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 Student Union Ballroom on Thurs., March 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. The event is open to the public, and the press is welcome to attend.

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 40 faculty members from UMass and the Five College community will serve as judges. Prizes will be provided by a variety of sponsors.

Participating schools include: Belchertown High School; Brookings and Chestnut Middle School, Springfield; Greenfield High School; Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Shelburne Falls; and Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, Orange.

The office of the dean of natural sciences and mathematics is hosting the event, which 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., May 1-2. The final level of competition is at the International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Houston, Texas, also in May.