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Students Participate in 80th Annual Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Mar 31, 2019 08:58PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

On Friday, March 29, more than 1,000 students in grades six through 12 from across western Pennsylvania competed for $1 million in cash prizes, scholarships, and trips during the 80th Annual Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF).

Students presented their research with full poster boards and demonstrations of their projects. Many PRSEF projects explore subjects that go far beyond what might be expected from middle schoolers and high schoolers, with some students presenting impressive research on machine learning technologies, cancer treatments, and solutions for the opioid crisis. Others researched topics that are relevant to their lives and the lives of their peers, like the e-cigarette epidemic, how cell phones impact teenage relationships, and the effects of social media on mental health.

First-place Category Award winners will be on display in the main lobby of Carnegie Science Center through Sunday, April 7. After that, some high school students will go on to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May, and some middle school students will compete in the Broadcom MASTERS competition in Washington, D.C., in October. Additionally, three student winners will be selected to receive Carnegie Science Awards and will be honored during the 23rd Annual Carnegie Science Awards Celebration on May 10, the Science Center’s signature celebration of innovation and annual fundraiser.

Covestro PRSEF is the third oldest science fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science and the Public and is a program of the Science Center’s Duquesne Light Co. Center for STEM Education and Career Development. The 2019 Science Fair is presented by Covestro, FedEx, and various foundations, universities, colleges, industries, corporations and professional societies.