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.

Over the course of Friday and Saturday, the Texas Science and Engineering Fair brought together more than 1,200 6th – 12th grade students to compete in College Station, Texas. Among the participants were four students from College Station ISD: Evelyn Nolan, Mallory Zumwalt, Samikshya Mahapatra, and Samita Shankar. Speaking with KBTX, both Mahapatra and Nolan shared insights into their projects and experiences at the fair.

Mahapatra, a junior at College Station High School, worked on developing a low-cost pet scanner for her project. She expressed how the fair has been instrumental in preparing her for life after graduation and how inspiring it has been to see the creativity and ideas of other participants. Similarly, Evelyn Nolan, a student at A&M Consolidated High School, found her curiosity for the STEM world sparked through her project, which focused on finding a deterrent to protect livestock from predators.

Hosted at the Student Recreation Center on Texas A&M University’s campus, the Texas Science and Engineering Fair is now in its 6th year at A&M, having become the permanent home for the fair in 2019. The fair provides students with opportunities to develop professional skills, experience Aggie hospitality, and potentially progress to the International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

Shelly Tornquist, the director of Spark PK-12 Engineering Education Outreach, emphasized the importance of exposing students to the research and culture at Texas A&M, highlighting the positive impact it can have on their educational and professional journeys. The fair also recognizes outstanding projects through Category and Special Awards, further motivating students to excel in their scientific pursuits.

Overall, the Texas Science and Engineering Fair serves as a platform for young scientists and engineers to showcase their talents, exchange ideas, and gain valuable experiences that will shape their futures in STEM fields.

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