FLORENCE, S.C. - The 45th-annual Sand Hills Regional Science Fair will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 5-7) 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 to 400 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 Saturday at 10:00 a.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, FMU, and various area industries and schools.
The Science Fair competition will be in two divisions, with students in grades six 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 and physics. The senior division also includes biochemistry, engineering, environmental sciences, computer science, and medicine and health.
The top two winners of the fair will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., in May 6-12. Numerous other prizes and certificates will be awarded in each of the divisions.
Dr. Fred Clayton, professor of chemistry at Francis Marion (telephone 843-661-1442), is the fair’s director. Dr. Timothy Shannon, assistant professor of biology at FMU, is the judging chairperson.