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DWU to host regional science fair

MITCHELL -- Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 19th annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 22, in the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center.

MITCHELL -- Dakota Wesleyan University will host the 19th annual South Central South Dakota Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Tuesday, March 22, in the Christen Family Recreation/Wellness Center.

The competition includes students in grades six through 12, from 19 schools in 18 South Dakota counties. Projects will be on display for viewing by the public from 2-5 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 153 projects produced by 234 students. More than 64 judges will select the winners; three projects will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 8-13 in Los Angeles.

Last year's winner, Ashley Thelen from Mitchell High School, won a third place grand award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Her project, "Chemical and Environmental Degradation of Oseltamivir Phosphate," also won a first place U.S. Air Force Award at the same event.

"Prints and paints are popular projects at local fairs this year," said Jody Strand, assistant science fair director. "Expect to see more than one project on fingerprints and also multiple projects on Native American pigments. Our most popular project this year is also colorful, for it concerns something called 'The Stroop Effect.' In it, a volunteer was shown a color word such as red, green or blue. However, the word was printed in an opposing color such as red being printed in the color blue. Our young experimenter tried to determine how fast the volunteer could say the color and not the word. "

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Awards to be given to participating students include cash, certificates, college scholarships including $10,000 to Dakota Wesleyan to the senior grand-award winners, plaques, medals, trophies, major industry recognition, and recognition by the U.S. Armed Forces.

In addition to DWU, sponsors include The Daily Republic, Your Touchtone Energy Cooperatives, Sixth District Medical Society, Twin City Fan Companies, LTD., Lisa and Corey Thelen, Andrew Farke and Logan Luxury Theatre.

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