442 Student Projects to be Displayed at Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair


The work of 710 students from 43 high schools and junior high schools will be displayed at the 64th annual Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair today, March 10 at the Show Me Center at Southeast Missouri State University.

The fair will feature 442 different projects – 280 in the Junior Division and 162 in the Senior Division. Participating students have explored scientific questions in astronomy, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry and microbiology, biomedical and health sciences, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, engineering and robotics, engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, material sciences, math, animal science, energy and physics, and plant sciences.

Judging will begin at 1:15 p.m. Exhibits in the Science Fair will be open for public viewing from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

This year’s fair features the largest number of participating students – an indication there is a continuing and growing interest in science and technology among students in the southeast Missouri region, and the fair supports and provides students opportunities to pursue their academic interests and build career pathways.

“Thousands of students over the last 64 years have prepared science exhibits and had their interest piqued by their work to the point that they continued their science education,” said Dr. Chelsea Grigery, pediatrician with SoutheastHEALTH and the fair’s director. “Because of this fair and the scores of others around the country, this nation has benefited immeasurably by the products of minds and hands in research and industry to make mankind’s life incalculably better. We commend this year’s participating students and wish them well in their future careers.”

Participating schools in the Junior Division will be: Bernie Middle School, Campbell Junior High, Clarkton Junior High, DeYong Family Homeschool, Immaculate Conception-Jackson, Kelso Elementary School, Kennett Middle High, Leopold R-3, Malden R-1, Meyer Family Homeschool, Meza Family Homeschool, Neelyville R-4, Oak Ridge R-VI Middle School, Portageville Middle School, Richland Junior High, South Pemiscot Middle School, Southland C-9, St. Joseph School-Farmington, St. Vincent de Paul-Cape Girardeau, St. Vincent Junior High-Perryville, Trinity Lutheran-Cape Girardeau, Twin Rivers-Fisk and Twin Rivers-Qulin.

Participating schools in the Senior Division will be: Bernie Senior High School, Cape Central High School, Clarkton Senior High School, Clearwater High School, Eagle Ridge Christian Academy, Gihring Family Homeschool, Hayti High School, Jackson R-2 Senior High, Kennett High School, Malden R-1 High School, Naylor High School, Oak Ridge R-VI High School, Portageville Senior High School, Richland R-1 High School, Saxony Lutheran High School, Sikeston High School, South Pemiscot High School, Southland High School, St. Vincent High School-Perryville and Van Buren High School.

Sponsors for this event include SoutheastHEALTH and Southeast’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Other co-sponsors are Drury Southwest, Inc.; MidAmerica Hotels Corporation; Montgomery Bank; Saint Francis Healthcare System; Ameren Missouri; Associated Electric; Cape Radiology Group; Drury Hotels; Cape Girardeau Area Engineers Club; Farm Credit Southeast Missouri; Gregory Construction, Inc.; Innovative Orthodontics; Ronald P. Lessmann, DDS; T. Wayne Lewis, DDS; MediCenter Pharmacy; Nip Kelley Equipment Co, Inc.; River City Biologicals, Inc.; Rotary Club of Cape Girardeau; Stan Williams, DDS; Strickland Engineering; and The Bank of Missouri.