Valparaiso University will host the 65th annual Northwestern Indiana Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 24 in the Harre Union Ballroom.

Students in grades 6-12 from schools in Porter, LaPorte, Starke, Jasper, Pulaski and Newton counties and grades 9-12 from Lake County will be participating and competing for many prestigious awards and cash prizes, including scholarships to Valparaiso University.

The science fair begins with judging from 10 a.m. – noon in the Christopher Center Community Room. The exhibit hall will be open to the public for viewing after noon, with an awards ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. Special campus tours of the science and engineering buildings, along with various demonstrations by Valpo students, will take place from 1–3:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to serve as judges at the fair from 7:45 a.m to 12:30 p.m.

An 8 a.m. orientation, continental breakfast, and a free buffet lunch will be provided. Interested parties only need experience or interest in any STEM field to participate.

Those interested in volunteering should fill out the online registration form for judges at valpo.edu/nwisef. Deadline for registration is Monday, Feb. 12.