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2020 Region 1 Science Fair to be March 20

2020 Region 1 Science Fair to be March 20

    01.17.20 | Community Science Inventive learning

    Southern Wesleyan University student Andrew Overfelt conducts hands-on demonstrations during a breakout session in this photo from the 2018 South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair, a competitive forum that inspires students to pursue STEM professions.

    The 2020 South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair will take place Friday, March 20 at Southern Wesleyan University in Central. 

    Southern Wesleyan University’s Science Division continues to partner with the region’s teachers and parents to further science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by hosting the South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair for the 12th consecutive year.

    According to Dr. Staci Johnson, associate professor of biology and S.C. Region 1 Science Fair director, the need to train STEM professionals in the next decade is critical.

    “We believe that participation in the scientific process can set a child on the path to meet the needs of our world through a STEM career. Through the support and partnership of parents, teachers and business professionals, participation in the South Carolina Region 1 Science Fair provides new and exciting opportunities for student interest and learning in STEM disciplines," Johnson said.

    The fair provides an opportunity for students in grades 3 through 12 who are interested in science, technology and engineering to pursue their personal areas of interest and display their research in a public competitive forum. The fair also gives students an opportunity to compete for cash awards and other prizes, as well as qualify their projects for state and national competitions, including Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Fair and competition for the Stockholm Junior Water Award.

    SWU Science Division students will organize and facilitate several breakout sessions, providing a wide variety of hands-on experiences related to various science disciplines.

    All students in South Carolina Region 1, which includes Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee and Pickens counties, are invited to participate.

    The registration deadline is Feb. 28. Complete details, including registration, can be found by visiting

    Contact Dr. Johnson at or (864) 644-5256 to learn more about entering student projects, volunteering at the fair, or lending your financial support to the event.

    Essential to the success of the Region 1 Science Fair are partnerships within the business community. For information on becoming a sponsor, contact the university’s Advancement Office at (864) 644-5006.

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