Middle school students to compete in regional science fair

BUFORD - More than 100 Gwinnett County students will participate in the 2009 Regional Science and Engineering Fair Junior Division, a competition for middle school students enrolled in science courses.

The third annual event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. The public can view the projects starting at 11 a.m., and an awards presentation will take place at 2:30 p.m.

This year, nine middle schools are participating - Berkmar Middle, Creekland Middle, Duluth Middle, Lanier Middle, J.P. McConnell Middle, J.E. Richards Middle, Shiloh Middle, Trickum Middle and Notre Dame Academy, according to a news release.

Georgia professionals and scientists will judge the work of the middle school students based on scientific quality, accuracy, creativity and experimental design.

First-place projects will move to the next round of competition - the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair - which will be held April 1 to 4 in Athens.