Friday, April 08, 2011

Carnegie Museum to hold reception for Western UP Science Fair winners Apr. 9

HOUGHTON --Student-scientists and their award-winning projects from the 13th Annual Western UP Science Fair will have a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton, where the projects are on display.

The award-winning science projects from the 13th Annual Western UP Science Fair are on display through April 30 at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton. To the right of the poster is a project by Cecilia Wallace, Houghton Middle School, which won First Place in the Eighth Grade, Individual Division. Cecilia's teacher is Mrs. Davis, 8th Grade. (Photo courtesy Elise Nelson, Carnegie Museum director.)

Several of the student-scientists will demonstrate their experiments. Refreshments will be served.

This exhibit includes projects created by students in area schools. Each project communicates the results of an experiment conducted by a student using the scientific method.

This project by Nikira Maki, of P. Latendresse Elementary in Baraga, won First Place in the Fourth Grade Environmental Division. Nikira's teacher is Mrs. Vanhala, 4th Grade. (Photo courtesy Elise Nelson, Carnegie Museum director.)

Projects were judged using a rubric that examined scientific content of their written report, the presentation of the results on the display, and the ability of the students to answer judges' questions concerning their experiment.

The exhibit, which will run through the end of April, is co-sponsored by the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and the Michigan Tech student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Members of the Michigan Tech student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), who are co-sponsors of the Western UP Science Fair, attended the February reception for their exhibit, "Engineering the Gateway to Success: A Tribute to Engineers Past and Present," displayed at the Carnegie Museum for Black History Month. Pictured here are, from left, Elise Nelson, Carnegie Museum director; Tayloria Adams of Richmond, Va., NSBE president; Tayloria's daughter Aiyanna; and Ornella Nkurunziza of Burundi. Adams and Nkurunziza are graduate students in chemical engineering. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

These Michigan Tech students also attended the reception for the Black History Month exhibit. Pictured, from left, are Ashli Fueri of Detroit, pharmaceutical chemistry; Nicole White of Detroit, accounting; Kari Jordan of Detroit, mechanical engineering; and Beyanka Sutton of Flint, accounting. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

Admission is free. The Carnegie Museum is on the corner of Huron and Montezuma streets in Downtown Houghton. Hours are from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, and noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays.

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