High School Science Fair

Friday, 3/8/2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coats Campus Center

Science Fair at COCC highlights high school minds

A spray-foam that plugs hemorrhaging wounds. The propulsive power of magnets. Examining connections between glucose concentrations and endotoxins. These and other original scientific research projects will assemble at the sixth annual Regional High School Science Fair at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at the Coats Campus Center. Exhibits are open for public viewing from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

“We’ll have about 50 projects this year,” said Sarah Fuller, director of the event and an assistant biology professor at the college. “It’s a real range, from a look at the effects of music on memory recall to examining nitrate concentrations in the John Day River.” Area schools like the Bend Science Station, Trinity Lutheran High School and Grant Union High School are sending teams and individuals.

Typically about 18 qualifiers from each regional fair advance to the Intel Northwest Science Expo held at Portland State University (April 12). Oregon will then send two dozen students, including at least one project from the COCC Science Fair, to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, May 12-17, where some 1,800 students from more than 75 countries put their research findings under the microscope.

Occupations in science, together with STEM fields as a whole, are expected to grow by 13 percent between 2012-22, according to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The fair gives us an opportunity to celebrate emerging science minds,” said Fuller, “and to put a focus on the creative process of scientific discovery.”

For more information, contact Sarah Fuller at 541-383-7556 or sfuller@cocc.edu.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation because of other disability such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

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