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19th Annual Western U.P. Science Fair and Science and Engineering Festival

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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Two hundred students in grades 4-8 will participate in the 19th Annual Western Upper Peninsula Science Fair on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Ballroom. Projects entered in the Western UP Science Fair will be on public display from 4:45-5:45 pm in the 2nd floor ballroom of the MUB.

Students create a project based on an experiment conducted using the scientific process. They are judged on the scientific content of their written report, the presentation of their findings on a display board, and verbal communication of what they learned during an interview with the judges.

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From 4:30-7:30 pm, the Science & Engineering Festival will offer more than 30 fun, hands-on activities conducted by Michigan Tech student organizations in the Memorial Union Commons area.   The festival is open to all elementary students, science fair participants, and their families. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their elementary students.

Students from seventeen schools in Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties are participating:  Barkell Elementary, CLK Elementary, Chassell Elementary, Dollar Bay Elementary, Lake Linden Elementary, Houghton Elementary, South Range Elementary, EB Holman, Arvon School, Lake Linden Middle School, Hancock Middle School, Houghton Middle School,  Watersmeet Middle School,  Dollar Bay Middle School, LL Wright Middle School, Ewen Trout Creek Schools and Copper Country Christian School. 

More than 150 Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students, area teachers, and community members assist with this exciting event. For information, results, and photos of the Western UP Science Fair, please visit  

For information on the science fair, contact Shawn Oppliger at 482-0331. For information on the Science & Engineering Festival, contact Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341.

Western U.P. Science Fair (March 16, 2017) Schedule At-A-Glance 

4:30-7:30 pm
Science and Engineering Festival in the MUB Commons - ground floor

4:45-5:45 pm
Public viewing of projects in Michigan Tech Memorial Union Ballroom- 2nd floor 

Project Judging in the Michigan Tech Memorial Union Ballroom (open only to judges and science fair participants)

The Science Fair is sponsored by the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, Michigan Tech Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, Michigan Tech Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, and the Carnegie Museum. The event is funded in part by a grant from the Michigan STEM Partnership.

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