2018 High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair

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Hundreds of students participated in the 63rd annual High Plains Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Wednesday. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus welcomed middle school and high school students eager to put their knowledge and creativity to the test.

More than 550 students participated in the fair from 30 schools in western and central South Dakota, as well as western Wyoming. Jade Herman, director of the science fair, witnessed first-hand how he annual event helps display and shape the potential of area students.

“Even at the middle school age, it’s important to get them thinking about what future careers they have available,” said Herman. “I participated in the science fair years ago, and that is actually what motivated me to apply to school here at School of Mines.”

As aspiring science and engineering professionals, students worked individually and in teams to research and present experiments – stemming from studies in biological and physical engineering and social sciences.

Kelly Corwin, special awards judge of the science fair, was impressed by the wide range of projects on display and the dedication of local teachers, saying it makes a difference.

“We tend to forget how capable these kids are,” said Corwin. “It’s really nice to see that so many of the area teachers are willing to put that extra time and effort to mentor these students and their projects, because we see that [students] can do so much.”

The fair concluded with judges selecting a first-place winner named Elsie DuBray of Timber Lake High School in Timberlake, S.D.  Her project was called, “Buffalo vs. Beef: Beef, Analyzing Lipid Content in Search of Potential Health Benefits.”

DuBray now qualifies to represent the High Plains Region on an all-expense paid trip to the international fair in Pittsburgh, Pa. from May 13-18.


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