Educational Services Unit #13 to Host Panhandle Regional Science Fair | Local

SCOTTSBLUFF — Educational Service Unit (ESU) #13 is hosting the Panhandle Regional Science Fair on March 8. This annual event will be held at the WNCC Harms Center, located at 2620 College Park in Scottsbluff from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The ESU-13 Professional Learning Department, in conjunction with the Nebraska Junior Academy of Science, is proud to bring the Panhandle Regional Science Fair to the WNCC Harms Center as an opportunity for area middle school students to showcase their science projects.

In preparation for the science fair, students develop a science research project and write a project summary. On the day of the competition, students will make an oral presentation and have their projects evaluated by judges. Judges will select six projects to advance to the Nebraska Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair to compete against other students from across the state.

“The Science Fair is a great opportunity for students to explore the scientific process through topics that interest them,” said Deirdre Amundsen, Director of Professional Learning at ESU-13. “Students can observe the work of their peers and compete in a variety of categories with students across the Panhandle. The top six winners will qualify for the state science fair to be held April 21 at the Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln. Throughout the day, these sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will also have the opportunity to explore STEM workshops through our partnership with UNL Panhandle Extension.

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Currently, 50 students from across the Panhandle are registered to participate in the event.

For more information on the Panhandle Regional Science Fair, please contact Amundsen by email at

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