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UTA plays host to 68th Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair

More than 400 area middle and high school students will come to The University of Texas at Arlington this weekend to display their knowledge and compete for cash prizes at the longest-running science and engineering fair in the state.

Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair

The 68th annual Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair will be held Feb. 24-25 at College Park Center, 600 S. Center St., in Arlington. Students from 10 counties, representing grades 6-12 from public, private, charter and home schools, will demonstrate their science and engineering projects for a chance to win cash awards and advance to state and national competitions.

The public is welcome to view the projects between 3 and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, at College Park Center.

“UTA is proud to once again serve as host for the Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair,” UTA College of Science Dean Morteza Khaledi said. “Providing a venue for so many talented and accomplished students to display their innovative science and engineering projects is an honor for us. Students who participate in this fair are exactly the bright young minds we want to attract to UTA, where we will provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to become leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

“Good luck to all of this year’s entrants; we hope you have a great time while visiting UTA.”

Students will set up their projects on Feb. 24 and have the opportunity to attend project presentation workshops conducted by award-winning College of Science students.

The Feb. 25 schedule includes project presentations; closed-door judging; fun activities for students provided by the Colleges of Science and Engineering and Lockheed Martin; public project viewing; and an awards ceremony.

Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Yuan Bo Peng, UTA professor of psychology, is director of the fair. The scientific review committee includes Peng; Jianzhong Su, UTA professor and chair of mathematics; and Michael Roner, UTA associate professor of biology.

Major sponsors are the UTA president and provost, the Amon G. Carter Foundation, the American Society for Quality, the Fort Worth Audubon Society, the IEEE Fort Worth Section, the Delbert E. Lawry Award – Kathleen Sassman, Lockheed Martin, Lockheed Martin Leadership Association, Society of Allied Weight Engineers, the Society of Flight Test Engineers and the Tarrant County Veterinary Medical Association.

A select number of winning entries will be eligible to compete in the 2019 Texas Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for March 29-30 at Texas A&M University, as well as the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for May 12-17 in Phoenix.

-- written by Greg Pederson