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29th Annual Science Fair has new twists

PARK HILLS, Mo – For the 29th spring in a row, the creative genius of the area’s math and science students will be on display March 23, at Mineral Area College’s Robert E. Sechrest Sr. Fieldhouse. But there can’t be a math and science fair without great entries, and this year’s coordinator, MAC Assistant Science Professor Nancy Petersen, is encouraging all students inclined to math and science to enter by March 2.

“There’s no fee to enter the fair, but there IS a payoff for all students who participate,” she said. “The academic reward is apparent, of course, but each student also receives a certificate and a T-shirt that’s been designed by the previous year’s T-shirt design winner.”

She added that the top winning entries in the past have walked away with scholarships, cash prizes, certificates toward higher education classes, scientific equipment, and even a piece of a space shuttle.

Petersen said each student needs a sponsoring teacher to enter the fair, which is open to grades 6-12. The categories are Behavioral and Social Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, and Product Testing.

Petersen can be reached for more information at (573) 518-2227 or The MAC Science Department has put together a brochure that helps students plan and execute their entries.

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