High school science fair opens today

LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 140 projects researched by Gwinnett County Public School students will be on display this evening at the Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

The public can visit the fairgrounds from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today to view the work that more than 250 high school students worked on individually or in teams, according to the school district.

The students researched projects in the fields of biochemistry, physics, behavioral sciences and engineering. The science projects will be judged by Georgia professionals and scientists based on scientific quality, accuracy, creativity and experimental design, according to a news release.

The following county high schools will be represented at the fair:

· Berkmar High with three team projects and four individual projects

· Brookwood High with 13 team projects and two individual projects

· Collins Hill High with 21 team projects and 25 individual projects

· Dacula High with 16 team projects and two individual projects

· Duluth High with three individual projects

· Norcross High with six individual projects

· Parkview High with five individual projects

· Peachtree Ridge High with six team projects and 24 team projects

· South Gwinnett High with 18 team projects

The projects competing at the county level already have garnered first or second place at their local school science fairs.

The students who earn first place at the county level will move to the next round of competition - the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair - which will be held April 2 to 5 at the Athens Classic Center in Athens.

The top three county-level projects also qualify for competition in the International Science and Engineering Fair, held May 11 to 16 in Atlanta.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair

· When: 5 to 7:30 p.m. today

· Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville