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University of Mount Union to Host Science Day

March 8, 2012

The University of Mount Union will host its annual Science Day featuring two concurrent science fairs on Saturday, March 31 in Bracy Hall of Science. 
 
The event is an academic outreach program of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center.
 
During Science Day, students in grades 6-12 in Stark, Tuscarawas, Coshocton and Carroll Counties are invited to participate in the Ohio District 13 Science Fair, one of 15 District Science Fairs in Ohio. In order to compete at the District level, students must receive a Superior rating at their local science fair. Participating students will have an opportunity to view Mount Union’s science facilities as the event is held in the University’s science labs in Bracy Hall.
 
Also during Science Day, the Region 13 International Science and Engineering Fair will run concurrently with the Ohio District 13 Science Fair. The Region 13 International Science and Engineering Fair will include grade 9-12 participants from the same counties as the Region 13 Science Fair, as well as Holmes County. Five projects in the Region 13 Science Fair will be judged, and two of the projects will be chosen to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh May 14-18. This year’s project topics include the effects of pH and temperature in methane production; solar water disinfection; phage therapy; antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil and thyme oil and computer analysis of writing samples.
 
“There’s a real push to make science more accessible to people, and there’s an even bigger push to make science, technology, engineering and math more important in our schools,” said Natalie Kee, sustainability and academic outreach coordinator at Mount Union.
 
Judging for the event will take place from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m., and a public viewing period will be held from noon to 2 p.m. An awards assembly will be held in the afternoon, during which students will find out if they will attend state and/or international competition.
 
Judges are still needed for the event, and can be science teachers or professionals working in a scientific field. Judging categories range from biology and chemistry to specialties such as psychology, mathematics and medicine. Anyone interested in being a judge can register online. For more information, contact Natalie Kee at (330) 829-8161 or keenm@mountunion.edu.
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