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Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 22nd Annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday in the Christen Family Athletic Center.

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The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 30 schools in 18 South Dakota counties. Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2 to 5 p.m.

Students participating in this regional event will bring projects that have already won in science fairs at local schools. This year's fair includes 180 projects produced by 299 students from the following areas: Andes Central, Armour, Avon, Corsica, Dakota Christian, Lakeview (Neb.), Littleburg, Marty Indian School, Mitchell, Mount Vernon, Plankinton, Spring Creek, Stickney, Wagner, Wessington Springs and White Lake.

At last year's International Science and Engineering fair held in Phoenix, Ariz., Justin Krell, from Plankinton, presented his "Motor Vehicle Concussion Force Impact Detection System." Chesney Nagel and Ariana Oorlog, both from Avon, showed a way to extract maximal liquid from a variety of hand-pumped bottles. A group project from Brant Blaha and Jacob Reeves, also from Avon, came with a geothermal unit that could be used in conjunction with a common clothes dryer.

More than 77 judges will select winners, including three projects that will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 11-16 in Los Angeles. One project will advance to I-SWEEP April 30-May 5 in Houston, Texas, and another project will compete June 15-20 in Oswego, N.Y., at the GENIUS Olympiad.

-Source: Dakota Wesleyan University