Regional science fair is Friday

DULUTH -- Curious what the best and brightest young engineers and scientists are thinking up?

Then, mark your calendar for Friday afternoon, when more than 1,000 local students will showcase their knowledge and skills at the 35th annual Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Gwinnett Center.

Visitors are welcome to attend the open house, which begins at 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m.

All of the projects at the regional fair earned their way by winning first place at their local school science fairs. At the regional fair, projects will be judged by Georgia professionals and scientists who will assess them on scientific quality, accuracy, creativity and experimental design.

In addition, industry professionals will be there to speak with the students about future opportunities in the science and engineering fields.

Jonathon Wetherington, Gwinnett County Public Schools director of science, said the fair allows students to explore the world of science and the impact it has on today's culture and economy.

"To be successful, students have to apply critical and creative thinking to develop their research, and then they have to be able to communicate their ideas, thought processes and results effectively," Wetherington said.

The event also features student scientific work during the Distinguished Research Symposium, scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. It includes research from the following students: Aprotim Cory Bhowmik, Parkview High; Ryan Hawks and Jake Inderrieden, Collins Hill High; Florey Fung, Collins Hill High; Willie Jin, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Fatima Kamal, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Melanie Lee and Ashley (Hye ji) Cho, Collins Hill High; Jonathan Rong Li, Duluth High; Daniela Ruiz, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Prachi Patel, Collins Hill High; Aksal Vashi, Collins Hill High; and Michael Yang, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

For more information, visit www.gwinnettsciencefair.com.

The Gwinnett Center is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.