More than 200 students representing schools from a six-county region located in the Aiken-Augusta area recently participated in the 2017 Savannah River Regional Science and Engineering Fair competition, sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Each year, approximately 7 million high school students around the globe develop original research projects and present their work at local science and engineering fair competitions with the hope of making it to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pa., according to a news release from SRNS.
"We are always impressed with the diversity of projects and themes. Many of the experiments can be extremely creative," said Candice Dermody, SRNS manager of education outreach and talent management. "The dedication and ingenuity displayed by the students is often inspiring."
With the support of co-sponsor USCA, SRNS coordinated the competition for the eighth year.
"The Savannah River Regional Science and Engineering Fair gives young people from the area the opportunity to explore the world of science and technology and develop their scientific investigation skills by planning, developing their own ‘hands-on' science projects," said Kim Mitchell, Science Fair coordinator and SRNS employee.
Projects were judged for scientific reasoning, creative ability, thoroughness, technical skill and clarity.
This event promotes students' interest in science and engineering by providing public recognition of outstanding work and by giving students the opportunity to interact with community scientists and engineers.
Forty volunteers from the Savannah River Site, USCA and the community typically participate as officials and judges for this competition.
For a list of winners, visit http://rpsec.usca.edu/Events/ScienceFair/.