Published: Wed Nov 14, 2007How would your child or student like to win a one-week trip to Atlanta? The two Grand Award winners and the two Grand Reserve winners of the Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair will have this opportunity.
They will also win scholarships applied to tuition costs at Tennessee Tech University. Individuals or teams are eligible to win these top awards. All they have to do is apply their interest and knowledge of science, engineering and math to design, conduct and present a project for the Regional Fair on April 4-5, 2008. Now is the time for them to consider what they would like to do and to begin the official approval process before they begin experimenting.
The fair, sponsored by Tennessee Tech and held at the Roaden University Center, is affiliated with the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair organized annually by Science Service. It is open to all 4th through 12th grade students attending public, private, parochial, or home schools in the following Tennessee counties: Bledsoe, Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Scott, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White.
Teachers and sponsors may advise students and facilitate the projects, but all work must be done by the students. Students may be asked to explain their work in detail to a panel of judges. All rules and regulations issued by the ISEF ( www.sciserv.org/isef/document/ ) must be followed, including the completion of various forms documenting parental approval and adequate supervision to ensure the safety of the student and their human or animal subjects before experimentation begins.
Two Grand Award winners selected from the senior division will receive $3,000 scholarships to Tennessee Tech and expense-paid trips to enter their projects in the 2008 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta, May 11-16. Team contestants are eligible for travel to Atlanta, but team members will share a single scholarship.
Two Grand Reserve Award winners will receive $1,500 scholarships to Tennessee Tech and expense-paid trips to Atlanta, where they will participate as observers, unless a Grand Award winner is unable to attend, in which case, a Grand Reserve winner will be asked to present his or her work.
All exhibits must be pre-registered to compete in the fair. Registration forms must be received by the fair director by March 31, 2008. Any student in grades 4 through 8, who has received an award in a school fair, and all students in grades 9 through 12, are eligible to compete. A student whose school does not have a science fair may enter the Regional Fair directly.
Visit www.tntech.edu/scifair/ for links to the INTEL ISEF Rules and Guidelines, the Regional Fair Rules and Guidelines, information for parents and teachers, a list of the Science Review Committee and Institutional Review Board members, registration forms that can be submitted online, and pictures from previous Regional Fairs.
Participants are encouraged to visit www.sciencebuddies.org , which provides free information on science fair ideas, answers and tools for grades K-12.Registration forms may also be mailed to Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Tennessee Tech University, Box 5051, Cookeville, TN 38505, or faxed to (931) 372-6351. For more information, call J. Michael Redding at (931) 372-3135, Gloria Julian at (931) 372-3483 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .