Budding Scientists and Engineers to Showcase Their Research on Campus

Local K–12 students will present more than 250 projects, Feb. 6-7

Photo shows two students at a poster.

Young visitors at a recent RUSD Science and Engineering Fair at UC Riverside. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Next week, the University of California, Riverside will be abuzz with energy and excitement when hundreds of K-12 students from 28 schools in the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) present their science and engineering projects to the community.

The students will participate in the 24th annual Science and Engineering Fair, which will take place Feb. 6-7 in Room 302 in the Highlander Union Building on campus. .

A hands-on competition designed to capture the interest of young people, the fair has in past years inspired students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Why do birds fly in a V formation? Does noise affect memory?  What types of foods produce the most bacteria in the mouth?  How much weight can toilet paper tubes hold up?  Can shadows tell you the time?

The RUSD students will answer these and other intriguing questions via more than 250 projects that will be on display at the fair.  The public can view all the projects on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (parking is free), and attend the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. at Ramona High School.

The students will set up their projects on Tuesday, Feb. 5; UC Riverside faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will judge the competition on Wednesday, Feb. 6; UCR undergraduates who make up the Science Ambassadors in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) will judge all the primary and elementary projects.

CNAS and the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) are co-hosting the fair, providing the judges and sponsoring the awards.

“Watching students experience the excitement of scientific discovery for themselves is so gratifying,” said Marylynn V. Yates, the dean of CNAS. “It is well known that if we can engage students in science at a young age, they are much more likely to continue along that career path.  That is why events such as the RUSD Science and Engineering Fair are so important: we are getting a glimpse of what our future holds in the areas of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.”

According to Carlos Gonzalez, the director of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) School Program in BCOE, the fair is an opportunity for Riverside’s most creative and innovative young minds to interact directly with leading university educators and researchers.

“Our faculty and staff are able to mentor and nurture students that represent the future of scientific discovery in our state and community,” he said.  “It is truly a showcase for our university, as we welcome the best and brightest learners and their families to our beautiful campus.”

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-6050
E-mail: iqbal@ucr.edu
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Additional Contacts

Carol Lerner, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Tel: (951) 827-5089
E-mail: carol.lerner@ucr.edu

Carlos Gonzalez, Bourns College of Engineering
Tel: (951) 827-2746
E-mail: carlos.gonzalez@ucr.edu

John Robertson, Riverside Unified School District
Tel: (951) 312-7389
E-mail: jrobertson@rusd.k12.ca.us

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