The Herald-Times

State science and engineering fair Saturday at Ivy Tech

By Bethany Nolan
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April 1, 2011

More than 500 students and visitors are expected to converge on Bloomington’s Ivy Tech campus Saturday for a state science and engineering fair.

That group will include Indiana students in grades 6-12 who were top finishers in their regional science fairs, held earlier this year throughout the state.

“It’s a celebration of student success and student achievement,” Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair co-regional director and Ivy Tech professor Steve Arnold said. “It’s a progressive competition, so students come to a regional fair. The best of the region go on to the state and then the best of the state will go on to the international competition.”

Only students competing in the grades 9-12 “senior division” can progress to the international competition, which will be held in Los Angeles in May, Arnold said.

This is the first year the state science fair has been hosted by Ivy Tech, according to Ivy Tech biotechnology lab assistant and co-regional director Katie Noel. She said students will bring exhibits that focus on a variety of science topics, including physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, health and the environment.

“From my perspective, I often see students intimidated by science,” Arnold said. “This is an opportunity to get them involved, so they’re not intimidated, and find they can enjoy it and can apply some of their creativity to it.”

The science fair is sponsored by Cook Medical Group, Eli Lilly, Dow AgroSciences, AIT Laboratories and BioConvergence. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman are expected to attend.

Exhibits will be at displayed Saturday in Ivy Tech’s student commons and Lamkin Hall, and are open to the public unless they’re being judged. The event will be followed by an awards ceremony at BioConvergence, where those who do well will receive awards and scholarships.

Several students from the area are expected to participate, including those from Bloomington-based Lighthouse Christian Academy, Bloomington High School North and Paoli High School.

On the Web:

Learn more about the 23rd annual Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair through the Science Education Foundation of Indiana, which will be held at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus on Saturday, at

Copyright: 2011