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February 2009

Release Date: Feb. 18, 2009ASU Logo

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. 24, 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 various prizes. The three top-placing seniors will win $1,500, $1,000 and $500 scholarships to ASU respectively.

Students winning first, second and third place in each category will advance to the state competition later this spring in San Antonio. Winners of the High School Division will be eligible to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nev.

“The quantity of students trained in applied sciences, math, technology and medical fields is well below the number needed to keep pace with the times,” said Steven Skinner, executive director of the competition. “Science competitions stimulate interests in our students and provide real time experience.”

Other activities scheduled for the student contestants include departmental displays, shows in the ASU Planetarium and a chemistry and physics magic show. This is the sixth 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 e-mail at Steven.Skinner@saisd.org.