Judges Sought for
Regional Science and Engineering Fair
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS –
JANUARY 24, 2014 – About
200 people are being sought to serve
as judges for the 54th
annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, Feb. 22 at The
University of Texas at Brownsville.
The event starts with
breakfast at 8 a.m. and an orientation at 8:30 a.m. Judging begins at 9 a.m.
for an expected 600 projects from middle school and high school students from
Laredo to South Padre Island. Judges will work from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than 600 projects are anticipated for the 54th Rio Grande Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, Feb. 22 at UTB.
“We are looking for
local and regional science, technology, engineering and mathematics
professionals and college students who are interested in judging south Texas’
next generation of scientists,” said Gustavo Valencia, a Clinical Assistant
Professor and UTeach Math Master Teacher in the College of Science, Mathematics
and Technology. “Judges will work in panels composed of several individuals to
determine the top projects.”
The event will be held
in university buildings to be announced soon.
Students will compete
in 17 categories including animal science, chemistry, electrical and mechanical
engineering and plant sciences. The top high school winners from each category
will move on to the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair from Thursday, March 20 to Sunday,
March 23 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
The first regional
science and engineering fair was held in 1960 and for several years took place
at the Elks Lodge in Harlingen. Some of the event’s earliest leaders were the
Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and Raul A. Besteiro Jr., a
longtime Brownsville Independent School District employee and former Director
of the Port of Brownsville. UTB has hosted the event since 2002 as a commitment
to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the Rio Grande
For more information
on becoming a judge, contact Gustavo Valencia, a Clinical Assistant Professor
and UTeach Math Master Teacher in the College of Science, Mathematics and
Technology, at 956-882-6662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information
or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact South
Texas Engineering Math and Science Program Director Javier Garcia at 956-882-5058 or email@example.com.