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April 23, 2004 :: Students to Present Science Projects Over Internet

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Oklahoma EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is sponsoring the first-ever Virtual Science Fair April 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. The science fair allows students across Oklahoma to showcase their science projects in a statewide science fair without leaving their schools. The science fair will be judged by a quality panel of Oklahoma scientists.

This event will allow students in K-12 schools throughout Oklahoma to have the opportunity to participate in a science fair, utilizing the cutting-edge technology of videoconferencing and Internet2. Sixteen university and college science faculty members will be stationed at various institutions throughout the state and will judge students' entries via video conference.

The Virtual Science Fair will be similar in all aspects to typical science fair events; however, the students will present their entries to a video conference camera, which will project the images through Internet2 for viewing by the judges and students from other participating schools.

Sixteen students, ranging from fourth to 12th grade, from nine schools will participate in the event. The judges are from various colleges across the state: Cameron University, Lawton; Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow; Oklahoma City Community College; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; The University of Tulsa; and the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

OneNet, the state’s telecommunications network for education and government, is providing live Web streaming and archiving the event.

EPSCoR is a federal program that provides funding to assist states in developing a more competitive research base within their selected academic institutions.

For more information on the event, please contact Kristen Klaver at 405-325-5774 or kklaver@ou.edu, or visit www.okepscor.org/sciencefair/index.html.