NEIRSEF Showcases Future Engineers and Scientists

By Rachel Martin
By Emily Dwire

March 23, 2013 Updated Mar 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Students learn and showcase their science skills at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Kids from 55 different schools in eight counties competed in the 58th Annual Northeast Indiana Regional Science and Engineering (NEIRSEF) fair at IPFW.

All the kids won their local school competition, and competed at the regional level Saturday.

The fair focuses on "STEM" education: science, technology, engineering, and math, so the projects related to chemistry, astronomy, and computer sciences, among many others.

“As the children do these experiments and projects, they get excited about these subjects, and perhaps as they're looking into the future and thinking about careers. They may say, hey I want to be an engineer, I want to be a research scientist. There could be a student here who goes into the medical profession,” said NEIRSEF Director Carol Dostal.

Dostal says the health of our national and local economies depends on sustained innovation in science and engineering, which is why NEIRSEF showcases the fruits of that education to help ignite the passion of the next generation of innovators.

There were nine judges on hand to evaluate all the projects. The winner of the junior-senior division will go on to compete at the state competition in April.

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