Community Members Invited to Serve as Judges

Valparaiso University will host the 66th annual Northwestern Indiana Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 23 in the Harre Union Ballroom.

Students in grades 6–12 from schools in Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Jasper, Pulaski and Newton counties will participate and compete for many prestigious awards and more than $5,000 in cash prizes, including scholarships to the University.

The top winners from both the senior and junior divisions will go on to compete at the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair on March 30 at The Center in Indianapolis. The top senior division winners will also have a chance to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona, in May.

ArcelorMittal is the platinum title sponsor for the fair, generously donating funds to cover operating expenses and award money. In addition, many of their employees volunteer as judges, along with Valpo faculty, staff, students and the general public.

The science fair begins with judging from 10 a.m. – noon in the Harre Union Ballroom. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges from 8 a.m. to noon, and interested parties only need experience or interest in any STEM field to participate. Those interested in volunteering should complete the online registration form for judges at Deadline for registration is Feb. 2.

The exhibit hall will be open to the public for viewing after noon with an awards ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Special campus tours will be offered from 1:30–3:30 p.m. with a focus on the science and engineering buildings along with various demonstrations by Valpo students.

All are welcome to attend this exciting event, which showcases some of the brightest young minds in the community.

For complete information on the fair, please visit or contact the fair director, Robert Clark, Ph.D., at

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