May expo to draw young scientists
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Junior Academy of Science will hold its annual state exposition on May 3 and 4 at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall in Champaign.
Project displays will be open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. next Saturday. Admission is free.
More than 1,200 students in seventh through 12th grades from across the state will exhibit research and design investigations. They will compete for scholarships, best-in-category awards and other special awards worth more than $10,000.
Students begin their research and design projects supported locally by their schools, teachers and parents. Students advance to their regional exposition, which selects the top students to advance to the state exposition. Students can compete in an oral presentation exposition of their investigation or in a project display competition. Student investigations range from consumer and behavioral science to engineering, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, astronomy and astrophysics and more.
The junior academy also sponsors an essay and artistic design competition. This year's theme was "I've Caught the Science Bug" in honor of the 2013 banquet speaker, May Berenbaum, head of the UI entomology department.