State Science Expo at NIU’s Convocation Center this weekend


More than 1,400 seventh- through 12th-grade students from across Illinois – some of the state’s best and brightest aspiring scientists, engineers, designers and problem-solvers – will exhibit research and design investigations. They will compete for scholarships, best in category awards and other special awards.

“So many members of the NIU Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math departments had formative experiences with science fairs when they were younger,” says Tracy Rogers-Tryba, who is coordinating the judging and volunteer efforts. “This is a wonderful chance to give back and help create similar experiences for the next generation.”

Students begin their research and design projects supported locally by their schools, teachers and parents. Students advance to their regional expositions, which select the top students to advance to the state exposition. Students can compete in an oral presentation exposition of their investigation or with a project display competition.

Investigations range from consumer and behavioral science to engineering, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, astronomy and astrophysics and more.

The Science Fair is an educational opportunity for students to share their research with each other and the community. The Science Fair is an excellent teaching tool to meet Illinois Learning Standards.

Project displays, located at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center, will be open to the public from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017. Admission and parking are free.

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