Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will host almost 300 of science and engineering’s best and brightest sixth through 12th graders at the 41st annual Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF) on Thursday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This year’s fair has 283 students registered to compete, with 240 projects representing seven high schools and 15 middle schools. The student competitors represent public, private and home schools from Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties. Prizes will be awarded to top projects from more than 20 categories, as well as for special awards based on criteria established by donors.
MSEF is designed to promote interest in science and engineering, encourage students to do a research project in one of those areas and reward students for their efforts. The top projects will advance to the Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences (NJAS) in Lincoln on April 18 and could potentially take part on a national level at the American Junior Academy of Sciences conference.
The schedule of events for the fair are as follows:
• 8 – 11:45 a.m.: Senior-division (grades 9-12) students present their projects to judges
• 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Junior-division (grades 6-8) students present their projects to judges
• 12 – 1:30 p.m.: General public invited to view the projects
Founded in 1980, MSEF’s mission is to encourage all students to investigate the science and engineering concepts that contribute to the understanding of our work and universe. This nonprofit organization consists of an entirely volunteer staff representing educators, scientists, businesses and institutions.