More than 1,200 students participated in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair


More than 1,200 students participated in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair

The Texas Science and Engineering Fair recently took place in College Station, Texas, where more than 1,200 6th – 12th grade students competed. Among the participants were four students from College Station ISD: Evelyn Nolan, Mallory Zumwalt, Samikshya Mahapatra, and Samita Shankar. KBTX interviewed both Samikshya Mahapatra and Evelyn Nolan about their projects at the fair.

Samikshya Mahapatra, a junior at College Station High School, worked on developing a low-cost pet scanner for her project. She mentioned that participating in the Science and Engineering Fair is preparing her for life after graduation. Mahapatra found the experience of seeing other students’ projects inspiring and enjoyed sharing her own ideas with others.

Evelyn Nolan, a student at A&M Consolidated High School, also shared her experience at the fair, where she worked on finding a deterrent to protect livestock from predators. She discovered her passion for research and STEM through her project, affirming her interest in continuing in these fields in the future.

The Texas Science and Engineering Fair took place at the Student Recreation Center on Texas A&M University’s campus. Texas A&M has been hosting the fair for the past six years after becoming its permanent home in 2019. The director of Spark PK-12 Engineering Education Outreach, Shelly Tornquist, highlighted the fair as an opportunity for students to develop professional skills and experience the welcoming environment of Texas A&M.

The fair serves as a state competition, with the chance for students to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair in May. In addition to the competition, Category and Special Awards are also presented at the fair. Excitement and enthusiasm for STEM education were evident at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair, showcasing the talent and dedication of young students in the field.

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