Free online science fair for all Michigan students
By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
A free virtual science fair is open to all elementary, middle school and high school students in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is sponsoring the fair.
Students across the state are asked to explore a science topic, record a video and submit it to the Explore Lab Science Program by March 29. Experiments, research studies, demonstrations, and models are all acceptable projects. Medals and certificates will be awarded to the top three winners for each category. First prize winners will also receive a custom lab coat with the Explore Lab Science logo.
Winners will be announced April 12 on the Explore Lab Science web site. Students may either submit an individual experiment or a group experiment. The group experiment should not have more than four students.
The three categories are broken down by grade level: K through fourth grade students are eligible for the Lab Kids category, fifth through eighth grade students are eligible for the Atomic Kids category, and ninth through 12th grade students are eligible for the Lab Teens category.
The goal of the MDCH Explore Lab Science Program is to introduce children to lab science at an early age. By introducing students at an early age to laboratory science, the program aims to pique the curiosity of Michigan youth into exploring science as field for later in life when deciding on a college major or career. It's anticipated that all science fields will be stressed by workforce shortages and programs such as these are critical to preventing those shortages.
To register online and for full details and rules about the MDCH Explore Lab Science Program's first virtual science fair, visit www.michigan.gov/explorelabscience.
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