LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Winners of the Louisville Regional Science Fair March 9 at the University of Louisville can save on airfare this year when they go to compete internationally. Top winners will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which will be in Louisville May 12-18.

    The regional science fair this month will draw participants from Spencer, Jefferson and Oldham counties’ public and private middle and high schools. Entries set up in the Swain Student Activities Center Multipurpose Room will show 280 projects. U of L and the Kiwanis Club are major organizers of the fair, and several corporations give financial support.

    Competing in the annual event will be students in junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions. One team, four top senior-division winners and their teachers will attend the international fair at the Kentucky International Convention Center. The international fair also was in Louisville in 1997.

    Regional fair competitors will enter in life sciences categories such as biology, medicine, psychology and zoology or in physical sciences categories such as engineering, physics, chemistry and mathematics.

    Students display their projects and answer judges’ questions from 9 a.m. to noon; after lunch another set of judges will choose top winners. Judges will include representatives from U of L, other area universities and colleges, business and industry.

    Exhibits will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The 4 p.m. awards ceremony will feature scholarships and honors from U of L, plus special awards from science and community groups, military and government agencies and businesses.

    The top 10 percent of the junior-division projects will advance in competitive rounds that end in October at the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge in Washington, D.C.

    For more information, call fair director Thomas Crawford at (502) 852-5972.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.