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Published on March 15, 2017

Public is invited to the 2017 Billings Clinic Science Expo

Billings, MT – The 29th Anniversary of the Billings Clinic Science Expo will take place on March 24 and 25, 2017 on the campus of Montana State University- Billings. This year, 355 students from 59 schools have entered 305 science and engineering projects for judging at the event.

This year’s Expo theme is “In the Path of the Solar Eclipse.” Guest speaker, Dr. Angela Des Jardins, Director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, will present about the solar eclipse on Friday, March 24 in the Petro Theater at Montana State University Billings. If you are curious to know what we will experience here in Billings during this special event in August of this year, come hear her talk.  Her presentation is free and open to the public.  

Judging of science projects will follow Dr. Des Jardins’s presentation. Projects are primarily judged on how well students use and understand the scientific method and the engineering design process; but projects are also judged for their creativity, craftsmanship, and artistic merit with over $20,000 in prizes to be won.  The Science Expo is a stepping stone to national and international competition for many of our student scientists.

While the judging portion is not open to the public, everyone is invited to visit the science fair projects and to participate in the interactive exhibits from local science-minded organizations on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MSU-B Physical Education Building. Two interactive presentations will also take place throughout Saturday: 

  • The Space Public Outreach Team’s presentation on “Total Solar Eclipse:  Preparing for the Great American Eclipse” in Room 52-54 in the PE building from 11 am – noon. 
  • Chemistry Magic Show in the lower gym from 1 – 2 pm

The awards ceremony for science project entries will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at the Lincoln Center Auditorium. 

For more information about the Billings Clinic Science Expo, visit or call the Science Expo Coordinator at 406-657-4642.  

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