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February 2008

Release Date: February 19, 2008

Regional Science Students Head to ASU for Annual Contest

Hundreds of West Texas junior high and high school students will display their science projects at the District XI Regional Science and Engineering Competition Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Angelo State University’s Houston Harte University Center.

More than 300 students will compete in 20 different categories, including mathematics, computers, chemistry, physics, botany, microbiology, health and medicine, and engineering. The Awards Ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center where the winners will be presented trophies, medals, ASU scholarships, savings bonds and various other prizes.

Students winning first, second and third place in each category will advance to the state competition April 10-12 in San Antonio. Winners of the High School Division will be eligible to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta.

"Science competition is important because it reinforces what the students are learning in schools," said Steven Skinner, executive director of the regional competition. "It allows for hands-on skills such as research, experiment design, and creativity. It also touches on organization, communication, self motivation and ingenuity."

Other activities scheduled for the student contestants include science demonstrations, departmental displays, nature talks, educational movies, and tours of the ASU Planetarium. This is the fifth consecutive year ASU has hosted the regional competition.

Counties in District XI include Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Comanche, Concho, Crockett, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Irion, Jones, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, Nolan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Taylor, Throckmorton and Tom Green.

For more information, call Skinner at 234-0951 or 227-8733. He can also be reached by email at .