Community groups, LSU bring back science fair

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – LSU officials announced Thursday that the Region VII and Louisiana state science and engineering fairs have been rescheduled on the LSU campus as originally planned.

The fairs were canceled due to mid-year budget cuts, but financial support from community organizations made reinstatement of the fairs possible.

The date of the Region VII fair has been moved to Feb. 27 through March 1; the state fair will be held March 28-30. Both events will be held in the LSU Union.

Students from Ascension Parish are among the 400 students from area high schools and middle schools who annually participate in the fair.

Groups like the Pelican Educational Foundation, the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, Gulf South Rotating Machinery Symposium and other potential other partners formed a coalition of interested groups that made it possible for LSU to reinstate the events, LSU said in a release.

The Region VII fair includes about 400 students from high schools and middle schools in East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Ascension, Iberville and Pointe Coupee parishes. About 700 students are selected from regional fairs around the state to compete in the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair.

Details on fair dates, schedules and deadlines are posted on the LSU Continuing Education Web site, www.outreach.lsu.edu/sciencefair.