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SCCC To Host Science and Engineering Fair

Joe Denoyer - March 1, 2018 9:43 pm


Seward County Community College will be hosting the 10th annual Southwest Kansas Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 3.

The one-day event, which covers 17 counties in Southwest Kansas, will feature 83 science and engineering projects from 132 students. Elementary through high school grades from Rolla, Elkhart, Hugoton, Fowler, Sublette and Liberal will be participating.

The public is invited to view all the science projects from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, upstairs in the student union on the SCCC campus.

Over the 10 years, seven of the state overall finalists have come through this fair.

Deserae Schwindt and Paige Claasen from Rolla will be competing in their eighth consecutive fair either as an individual or a team. The two as a team won overall at state and went on to compete at the Intel International Science and Fair, which includes participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 75 countries, regions, and territories.

“It’s a lot of hard work up front, but it’s worth it,” said Dr. William Bryan, regional science fair director and SCCC chemistry instructor. “It’s incredibly gratifying to see all the amazing work from Southwest Kansas. There are so many tremendous students in this area.”

Some of the project topics include the germination of magnetic wheat, the temperature of butter affecting the leavening of scones and the process of biofuels.

The fair was originally created in 2008 as a part of a nine-district, state-wide competition through a grant from Spirit AeroSystems. Despite the grant expiring in 2010, the college continued to host the fair and absorbed all the costs, including the entrance fees to proceed to state.

“We decided that it was important to continue the fair,” said Bryan, who has been the fair director since the beginning. “It’s important that we have schools from here that can gather together and have their work judged without having to travel across the state. We give kids the opportunity to showcase their knowledge locally.”


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