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NC Science and Engineering Fair Announces 2013 Winners

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NC Science and Engineering Fair Announces 2013 Winners

Raleigh, N.C. – March 18, 2013 – Every basketball player competing in the ACC tournament this weekend knew how to put a backspin on a shot. Similarly, many of the young engineers and scientists (grades 3-12) at the 26th NC Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF) understand how that backspin removes energy as the ball meets the backboard, thereby increasing the chances of scoring. Both the players and the students are using science to excel.

More than 300 students from throughout the state presented their original research projects in science and engineering at the NCSEF on Saturday at Meredith College in Raleigh.

“In an increasingly competitive global job market, hands-on experience and critical thinking in the areas of science and engineering are sought-after skills. We commend these students and their teachers for their commitment and the innovation their research projects demonstrate, and look forward to seeing the long-term educational dividends they will reap as a result,” says Sam Houston, CEO and president of the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (NC SMT).

More than 70 awards from education, government and business partners were presented to students. “Our local and regional teachers and fair directors throughout the state continue to raise the standards for these student research projects across all STEM areas,” says NCSEF Director Judy Day. “Our 130-plus judges continue to share their pride in the quality of our student research across all events in grades 3-12.”

Meredith College has hosted the NCSEF competition for eight consecutive years. “We are thrilled to host the NCSEF once again and participate in recognizing the science potential of North Carolina’s students and the dedication of their teachers,” said Elizabeth Wolfinger, vice president of Academic Programs and Planning of Meredith College. “Investing in this type of partnership in science and engineering is important to Meredith's vision.”

In the high school division, eight students were selected to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona from May 12-17, 2013. This event draws students from over 70 countries and states all across the U.S.

They include Cary residents Landon Carter, Tejas Sundaresan, and Jenny Wang; Alina Suedbeck of Greenville; Parth Thakker of Charlotte; Jaehyeong Lee and Arjun Raghavan of Chapel Hill; and Christopher Panuski of Davidson.

Selected award-winning students were also invited to attend the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and the Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) competition in Houston, Texas from May 9-13, 2013. The objective of I-SWEEEP is to increase student awareness of sustainability issues. The students that will go to

I-SWEEEP’s Project Olympiad are Mary Yavelak of Gastonia and Christie Jiang of Cary.

NCSEF thanks the following sponsors for their support:







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Note to the Media: For a comprehensive list of all 2013 NCSEF winners, please see the attached Microsoft Excel document, or visit