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Lake County students ready for annual Regional Science & Engineering Fair

More than 100 student projects will be on display during the annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 8-9 at Tavares Middle School, located at 13032 Lane Park Cutoff.

Students will be representing public and private high and middle schools. Since 2008, the number of projects submitted by students from private and public schools has more than tripled. The public is invited to view the science fair projects from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Students from middle and high schools are eligible to submit their projects in one of 12 categories: behavior and social science, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, physics and astronomy, and zoology.

Selection of the place winners in each category is based on the quality of the scientific study and the use of correct experimental protocol in following the scientific method to solve a problem. In judging all exhibits, emphasis is put on the student’s individual contribution to the research and on their ingenuity. The high-school and middle-school winners of the 2013 Lake Regional Science and Engineering Fair that will move on to the 58th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida on March 26-28 in Lakeland.

Schedule of events for the Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Tavares Middle School:

Feb. 8

·         5-7 p.m. —Project Set-up at Tavares Middle gym

Feb. 9

·         7:45-11 a.m. — Judging

·         5-6 p.m. — Open to the public

·         7-8 p.m. — Awards ceremony at Tavares Middle cafeteria