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April 7, 2005 :: Students to Showcase Science Projects During Virtual Event

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Oklahoma EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is sponsoring the second annual Virtual Science Fair on April 13, from 9-11 a.m. The event will allow students in K-12 schools throughout Oklahoma to have the opportunity to participate in a science fair, without leaving their schools, by utilizing the cutting-edge technology of videoconferencing and Internet2.

Twenty-one university and college science faculty will be stationed at various institutions throughout the state and will judge students' entries via video conference (H.323). The Virtual Science Fair will be similar in all aspects of typical science fair events; however, the students will present their entries to a video conference camera, which will project the images of the science project through Internet2 for viewing by the judges and students from other participating schools.

Twenty-one fourth-12th grade students from nine schools are participating in the fair. The judges are from various colleges across the state including Cameron University, Lawton; Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow; Oklahoma City Community College; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; the University of Oklahoma, Norman; and The University of Tulsa.

OneNet is providing live Web streaming and archiving the event. To view the live Web streaming, visit mms://164.58.250.171/virtualsciencefair.

For more information about the Virtual Science Fair, visit www.okepscor.org/sciencefair.