50th Flint science fair is March 10-14

Mar 6, 2006

Some of the region's most talented students in grades 4-12 will compete for $25,000 in prizes during the Flint Area Science Fair this weekend at Kettering.

The Science Fair is open to the public Saturday, March 11,
from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, from 1 to 7 p.m.
Award ceremonies are Sunday at 1:15 p.m. for the Elementary
Division and 3:30 p.m. for the Junior & Senior Divisions.

1957 was a good year for David Hill. The seventh grader was among the 1,000 youth who participated in the first Flint Area Science Fair (FASF) and got to hear an address by keynote speaker Dr. Wernher von Braun (developer of the V2 rocket, head of the U.S. Army missile program and early leader of the space program) during the science fair's awards ceremony.

Fifty years later, Hill, who went on to win state and national awards, lives in North Branch and is a board member and treasurer for the Flint Area Science Fair. He'll be at Kettering University this weekend when the regional science fair celebrates its 50th anniversary from March 10-14. Students from Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer and Tuscola counties will participate in the Flint Area Science Fair on the campus of Kettering University in Flint.

"The Flint Area Science Fair encourages students in grades 4 though 12 to experience the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of using their natural curiosity to learn about scientific or technical phenomena," said Tom Cerny, vice president for the FASF board. Cerny retired from Kettering's Enrollment Management division last year. "By participating, students often find they have talents and skills they did not realize they had."

Sponsors of the Flint Area Science Fair provide an extraordinary level of support that reflects their commitment to the community, to youth and to the importance of science and technology. Students willbe awarded $25,000 inprizes, certificates and scholarships at the Flint area fair. High School Division winners are eligible for additional prizes, awards and scholarships at the State Fair (also at Kettering on April 8) and at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair. Four winners in the High School Division of the FASF are provided an all-expenses paid trip to the ISEF. Each year students win scholarships and recognition that helpswhen they apply to college.

Flint Area Science Fair - March 10-14:
FASF is one of three important events in the next three months. Click on this link to get a better idea of the list of volunteers and winners from the 2005 Flint Area Science Fair.

Michigan State Science Fair - April 8:
Kettering is also the host site for the Michigan State Science Fair, which is planned for Saturday, April 8, in Kettering's Campus Center. It's the second year in a row that Kettering will host the state contest, which attracts the top winners from regional competitions around Michigan.

2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 7-13:
Two winners of this year's FASF will again be sent to the international competition. The 2006 Intel International Science and Engineering fair is May 7-13 in Indianapolis. FASF pays all the travel expenses for the two winners.

Written by Pat Mroczek
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