UND to host North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair April 3-4, with special guest Greg Gust

The University of North Dakota is set to host the 64th Annual North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair (NDSSEF), with special guest Greg Gust, primary spokesman for NOAA’s National Weather Service, on Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4.

More than 200 middle and high school students and their families are expected to attend. Student projects will be available for viewing by the public from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 4 from in the UND Student Memorial Union Ballroom.

The fair will bring together more than 100 judges and teachers from across the state who are involved in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Students who placed as top competitors in regional science fairs will come to Grand Forks to compete at the state level. UND also is slated to host the 2015 State Science Fair.

Hands-on activities:

In addition to presenting their projects for judging, students compete for invitations to advance their project to the International Science and Engineering Fair as well as for prizes, cash awards and scholarship opportunities.

During this year’s fair, the competing students will visit various departments on campus to complete a variety of hands-on science and engineering activities with UND students and faculty.

“Giving these students a hands-on exercise — working next to current students of engineering and the sciences — will help them connect science learning to the real-world experiences of university students seeking these careers,” said Laura Munski, executive director of the Dakota Science Center, one of the partners in this year’s fair.

The Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is co-sponsor for the Science Fair.

The UND College of Engineering & Mines spearheaded the planning of the event, along with many other UND departments, faculty and staff; members of the Grand Forks community also contributed their time and resources to help make the event possible.

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