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56th annual MTSEF starts Thursday

Nearly 200 middle and high school students throughout middle Tennessee will flood Austin Peay State University this week to participate and compete in the 56th annual Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair (MTSEF).

The MTSEF, affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), starts Thursday, March 13 and ends Saturday, March 15. The public is invited to view all MTSEF projects between 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, March 15 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.
Nearly 200 middle and high school students throughout middle Tennessee will flood Austin Peay State University this week to participate and compete in the 56th annual Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair (MTSEF).

The MTSEF, affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), starts Thursday, March 13 and ends Saturday, March 15. The public is invited to view all MTSEF projects between 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, March 15 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.

To allow fair officials sufficient time to prepare the prizes, the MTSEF Awards Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 29 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.

This marks the fifth year that APSU has hosted the MTSEF.

Dr. Ron Robertson, associate professor of chemistry and director of MTSEF, who makes science fun via his character, “Labman,” said the fair provides a forum for middle and high school students in the region to exhibit their scientific and engineering projects. The projects can be by individuals or by teams.

Student projects are considered for more than $4,000 in awards. The awards are given in various scientific and engineering categories as well as special awards from local, national and international sponsors.

With expenses paid by APSU, the top two projects in grades 9-12, called the Grand Prize Winners, will be sent to Atlanta later this spring to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Although the MTSEF winners in grades 6-8 do not automatically win a trip to a national competition, they can compete in the national Society for Science and the Public (SSP) Middle School Program.

For more information about the Middle Tennessee Science and Engineering Fair, go to www.apsu.edu/mtsef or telephone Robertson at (931) 221-6298. -- Melony A. Jones