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Students prepare for grades 6-12 science fair


Even though competition at the Dublin PROUD Science Fair gets tougher each year, students still manage to proceed to higher levels.

The upcoming science fair for Dublin students in grades 6-12, organized by Dublin PROUD isn't mandatory, but gives students who participate a chance at different opportunities.

"It would be great if many participate," said PROUD president and science fair chair Uma Venkataraman. "It opens up scholarship opportunities for kids and they can put it on their resume. It is a good opportunity."

The competition has increased over the years since PROUD started the science fair and Venkataraman is expecting the 2013 contest to be no different.

"Last year we had 80 entries and this year we are hoping to get more," she said. "Every year we see an increase in the number of students participating."

Students are also able to proceed to other levels with a superior or excellent score on their project. "Last year a few kids went to an international fair," Venkataraman said. "Dublin feeds into all those different level of science fairs."

The regional science fair this year will be held at Columbus State and from there students can move onto state or international contests with a good score.

Last year the State Science Day yielded $4.3 million in scholarships and awards.

To enter the Dublin PROUD Science Fair, students must identify a problem and try to find a solution, Venkataraman said.

"They do research then do a small write-up, publication style, and put their findings and conclusions on a board," she said.

Each year students manage to impress judges who are doctors and engineers with their projects, Venkataraman.

Projects include looking at how viruses infect people and how drinking green tea can change person's health, she said.

"We get people from Battelle and Ashland Chemicals who are in the field and they are very surprised to see how the younger generation thinks," Venkataraman said.

The Dublin PROUD Science Fair will run from 9 a.m. to noon March 2 at Jerome High School, 8300 Hyland Croy Road.

Students must register for the science fair between Feb. 1 and 15 online at dublinproud.org.

A $5 fee to enter the science fair must be paid March 2 at the registration desk.

Dublin PROUD is a parent group that works to support and provide additional activities for gifted students within Dublin City Schools.