FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Theresa H. Mattei
Louisville Regional Science & Engineering Fair Representative
FOR BUILDING ACCESS, CONTACT: Gil Reyes
Senior Manager of External Affairs
Kentucky Science Center
Louisville Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Promoting creativity and building the future for kids!
The annual Louisville Regional Science & Engineering Fair (LRSEF) presented by GE Appliances, a Haier Company and hosted at Kentucky Science Center is Saturday, March 3, 2018 beginning at 9:00 A.M. LRSEF 2018 will include more than 300 projects presented by middle and high school students throughout the region. Students will present their ideas to expert judges throughout the day. Projects are presented in 22 categories including computer science, biological & environmental science, chemistry, plant & animal sciences and all areas of engineering. Prizes, trophies, cash and other incentives are awarded to both students and schools through the generous support of many donors. Winning projects move forward to state and international events.
This year’s keynote, Dr. Tracie Prater is an aerospace engineer in the materials and processes laboratory at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; she will skype in from Huntsville, Alabama. She serves as the technical integration lead for NASA’s In-Space Manufacturing Project, which is focused on developing the manufacturing systems that will be needed on deep space exploration missions. To date, the project has overseen development of the first 3D printer onboard the International Space Station (flown in 2014) and a recycling payload that will be operational on space station later this year. She is also a subject matter expert on manufacturing for Centennial Challenges, NASA’s public prize competition program. Originally from Kentucky, she has a B.S. in Physics from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Joanna Haas, Kentucky Science Center CEO will give brief remarks and introduce Dr. Prater.
· Regional middle and high school students presenting their innovative ideas in 22 categories from Environmental Science to Microbiology, on 2nd & 3rd floors of the Kentucky Science Center between 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
· Visitors to the Kentucky Science Center engaging with students and exploring many different projects.
· Louisville Regional Science & Engineering Fair participants in dialogue with panels of judges with expertise in a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
· Senior Awards Ceremony, Digital Theater, 3rd Floor, 4:00 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.
· Junior Awards Ceremony, Riverview Room, 4th Floor, 4:15 P.M. – 5:15 P.M.
WHERE: Kentucky Science Center 727 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2017 9:00 A.M.-5:15 P.M. (EST) Snow day is Sunday, March 4 from 9 A.M. -5:15 P.M, if necessary.
About Kentucky Science Center (KYScienceCenter.org) Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to do science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning. Designated the “State Science Center of Kentucky” by the 2002 Kentucky General Assembly, Kentucky Science Center features interactive exhibits and engaging programs for children, families and adults. Kentucky Science Center is committed to growing a scientifically literate community that investigates, questions, and challenges.
About Louisville Regional Science & Engineering Fair (lrsef.org) The mission of the Louisville Regional Science & Engineering Fair is to awaken, promote, and recognize science and engineering talent among our area’s youth and act as a catalyst to promote science and engineering throughout Kentucky. LRSEF serves all interested students in grades 6-12 living in 52 Kentucky counties. Students are encouraged to register for the annual LRSEF as a result of being selected as a winning project at their school or county science & engineering fair. If NO locally accessible fair is held, any student in public, private or home school may register directly to enter LRSEF, with the support of their teachers. Winning projects advance to state and international competitions. LRSEF is one of five fairs in Kentucky affiliated with the INTEL International Science & Engineering Fair and BroadCom M.A.S.T.E.R.S.