Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium will host 300 of science and engineering’s best and brightest 6 – 12th graders at the 36th annual Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair (MSEF) on Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
300 students are registered to compete at this year’s fair, with 270 projects representing 10 high schools and 20 middle schools. The student competitors represent public, private and home schools from Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties.
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 19, 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.: Junior-division (grades 6-8) and senior-division (grades 9-12) students present their projects to judges
• 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.: General public invited to view the projects
• 2:15 p.m.: Junior-division awards ceremony
• 3:15 p.m.: Senior-division awards ceremony
Prizes will be awarded to top projects from each of 17 junior and 12 senior categories, as well as for special awards based on criteria established by donors.
Founded in 1980, MSEF has a mission to encourage all students to investigate the science and engineering concepts that contribute to the understanding of our work and universe. The nonprofit organization consists of an entirely volunteer staff representing educators, scientists, businesses and institutions.