FLORENCE, S.C. - The 51st-annual Sand Hills Regional Science Fair will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 15-17) at Francis Marion University in the Smith University Center gymnasium.
Junior and senior high school students from Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg counties will participate. Officials expect 350 science projects to be exhibited during the three-day event. The fair will be open to the public without charge Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The awards presentation, also open to the public free of charge, will be Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the university’s McNair Science Building auditorium.
The Sand Hills Regional Science Fair is sponsored by the Florence Civitan Club, the South Carolina Academy of Science and FMU.
The Science Fair competition will be in two divisions, with students in grades six, seven and eight competing in the junior division and those in grades nine through 12 in the senior division. Categories in both divisions include behavioral and social sciences, botany, chemistry, earth and space sciences, zoology and microbiology, mathematics, gerontology/medicine and health and physics. The senior division also includes biochemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, computer science, and medicine and health.
The top winner of the fair will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, N.M. in May. Numerous other prizes and certificates will be awarded in each of the divisions.
Richard D. West, professor of mathematics at FMU, is the fair’s director. Fangjun Arroyo, instructor of mathematics at FMU, is the judging chairperson.
For more information, contact West at 843-661-1579.