Tuesday March 5, 2013

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the ninth annual Massachusetts Region 1 High School Science and Engineering Fair will take place Friday, March 8, in the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium, on the MCLA campus.

The public is invited to attend a viewing of this year’s projects, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and to attend a presentation by the keynote speaker Pat Muraca, president and chief executive officer at Nuclea Biotechnologies of Pittsfield.

About 80 students from nine schools in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties will participate and present their work in the areas of biology, behavioral and social science, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth and space science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, microbiology, physics, and zoology.

The students’ projects will be judged on several criteria, including scientific approach, innovation and creativity, and presentation.

Forty finalists will be selected to advance to the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, to be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May, where they will have an opportunity to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.

The top two projects from the Region I Fair also will be selected to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held this year in Pittsburgh, Pa., from May 13-18.

Top-scoring projects at the Region I Fair also will be selected for special awards and prizes from government agencies and businesses.

The Region I Science and Engineering Fair is a program of the Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Pipeline.