PUBLISHED: 11:14 AM on Wednesday, March 2, 2005
High school science fair shows off students' investigations
Over 100 students will display their scientific investigations into botany, psychology, engineering, acoustics, ecology and a wide range of other areas as part of their projects for the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair this week.

The Fair is open to all high school students in Southeast Alaska, and the Public Open House will show off their achievements in the Marie Drake Gymnasium Friday, March 4, 4:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The projects will be judged by a group of over 100 volunteers from the science and engineering community in Southeast Alaska, and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held Saturday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the JDHS Auditorium.

Four students winning top honors for their projects will go on to compete in the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, May 9-14. Two additional students will be selected to attend the fair as observers. Students may also win awards and prizes from a number of community organizations that support and sponsor the Science Fair. But the fair has more to offer than just awards and prizes. The Science Fair helps students developo unique abilities in creativity, using the scientific method, marketing and displaying projects, interviewing skills as part of the judging process, and organizing and scheduling their time to complete the projects.

This year, thanks to the Alaska Space Grant Program, travel funds were provided to students and teachers in rural Southeast communities such as Gustavus, Hyder, Thorne Bay and Kasaan to visit and take part in the Science Fair.