Hundreds of North Texas’ most talented middle and high
school students will gather Feb. 26 and 27 at UT Arlington’s new College Park
Center for the 61st Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Entries are being accepted now with
deadlines for some categories set for Dec. 17.
Fort Worth Regional Fair is the longest running science and engineering fair in
Texas. It draws students from 10 counties, including Tarrant, Parker, Wise and
Johnson counties. Students in grades 6 through 12 compete for cash prizes and
the chance to advance to national competitions.
“We are delighted to have North Texas’
brightest young people coming to UT Arlington for this event,” said Liping
Tang, director of the 2012 fair and a UT Arlington bioengineering professor.
“Each year, the projects presented during this event remind us of the
outstanding work North Texas high schools are doing to engage and excite their students
about careers in science, math, technology and engineering.”
Competitors also will have the
opportunity to tour the UT Arlington campus, explore its diverse math, science
and engineering opportunities and experience College Park Center,
the University’s new 7,000-seat special events venue that opens Feb. 1, 2012.
Educators, business leaders and other
community volunteers organize the regional fair. Students from public, private and
home-based schools may enter the competition through qualifying events or by
following specific guidelines. The registration deadline is Jan. 27. But some
projects requiring approval by a local and regional scientific review committee
must be approved by Dec. 17. Visit www.fwrsef.org
for details, rules and deadline information.
Sponsors and volunteers also are
needed. To volunteer or contribute financially, please email fair organizers at
For questions about forming a
scientific review committee, contact Michael Roner, a UT Arlington associate
professor of biology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last year’s regional fair drew 80
teachers and 360 students. Among them was Shree Bose, a student from Fort Worth
Country Day who went on to win the first-ever Google Science Fair. Bose earned
$50,000 in scholarships and other prizes based on her ovarian cancer research.
Another past fair winner was Texas
Academy of Mathematics and Science student Wen Chyan, who went on to win first
place at the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology in 2008
for his work with polymers.
As an affiliated event, the Fort Worth
Regional Science and Engineering Fair may select up to four high school
projects for participation in the Intel International Science and Engineering
Fair scheduled for May 13-18 in Pittsburgh.
Middle school winners at this year’s
fair may be selected to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS, a national competition
created by the Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science and the Public.
For more information about the Fort
Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair, including registration guidelines
and presentation rules, visit www.fwrsef.org.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
33,439 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.