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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 Valley.

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 gustavo.valencia@utb.edu.

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 javier.garcia1@utb.edu.

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