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March 22, 2011

Billings Clinic Science Expo 2011
Public is invited to events, exhibits and award ceremony

Billings, MT—Billings Clinic Research Center’s Science Expo program will be held on March 25 and 26, 2011 on the campus of Montana State University - Billings. This year, 338 students representing 57 schools will bring 306 projects for judging at the event located at MSU - Billings Alterowitz Gymnasium. The Science Expo provides a venue to educate youth about scientific careers, encourage scientifically talented youth, promote scientific interest and hobbies of students in grades 1-12, and conduct an annual science fair.

The Science Expo is a stepping stone for greater student achievement and recognition to the national and international level. It provides a showcase for students who are interested in math and science to be rewarded for their efforts and to instill a desire for greater understanding of the world we live in and a path to contribute to its future.

The focus of this year’s Science Expo is Beyond the Beaker: The International Year of Chemistry. Interactive exhibits will provide hands-on examples of the most advanced technology that is utilized in health care. The public is invited to visit the science fair entries and to experience the interactive exhibits on Saturday, March 26 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Science Expo 2011 welcomes guest speaker Mr. John Berg, Retired Manager, Operations/Process Engineering at Cenex Harvest Services in Laurel. Mr. Berg has a long and distinguished career in the oil industry and will deliver his presentation titled “Chemistry, Energy and Thermodynamics: What Every Young Scientist and Engineer Should Know” on Friday, March 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm in the MSU-B Petro Theatre.

On Friday evening, March 25, volunteer judges will review the exhibits presented by students from grades 1-12.

The awards ceremony will take place starting at 3 pm on Saturday, March 26 at the Lincoln Center Auditorium. Participants will be competing for awards in the following categories:

  • Over $19,000 in prizes will be awarded.
  • The winner individual or team in the high school division will win an all expenses-paid trip to compete at Intel ISEF 2011 taking place May 8 - 13 in Los Angeles, California.
  • The winner of the ISWEEEP (International Sustainable World Project Olympiad - Energy, Engineering & Environment) award will have qualified to compete at the National ISWEEEP in Houston, TX May 4-9, 2011.
  • The winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize will go on to further competition in the state contest and could advance to the national and international competition.
  • The top 10% of grades 5 - 8 will be nominated to further competition at the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.
  • The top 10% of grades 6 - 8 will be nominated to further competition at the Society for Science & the Public Broadcom MASTERS competition.
  • Twenty eight local organizations and businesses are awarding prizes to reward excellence in science and engineering.
  • The Billings Clinic distributes prizes to the top 10 projects at each grade level (High School is grouped together) and rewards students for Creativity, Craftsmanship, Future Scientist and Artistic Merit.
  • Montana State University rewards the top high school projects with scholarships as well as providing a Teacher Scholarship to one lucky participating teacher each year.

For more information about the 2010 Science Expo, please go to or call 247-6456.

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