MDCH Explore Lab Science Program Hosts Free Virtual Science Fair

Contact: Angela Minicuci 517-241-2112

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2014

LANSING – The Explore Lab Science Program within the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) is hosting a free virtual science fair, open to all elementary, middle, and high school students throughout Michigan. Students across the state are asked to explore a science topic, record a video and submit it to the Explore Lab Science Program.

Experiments, research studies, demonstrations, and models are all acceptable project formats. The virtual science fair is open as of today, March 24, and all submissions are required by May 9, 2014. Winners will be announced May 21, 2014 on the Explore Lab Science website.

The science fair entries are broken down into three categories by grade level: K through 4th grade students are eligible for the Lab Kids category, 5th through 8th grade students are eligible for the Atomic Kids category, and 9th through 12th grade students are eligible for the Lab Teens category. Students may either submit an individual experiment or a group experiment with no more than four students. Medals and certificates will be awarded to the top three winners for each category. First prize winners will also receive a custom lab coat.

The goal of the MDCH Explore Lab Science Program is to introduce children to lab science at an early age. By introducing students at an early age to laboratory science, the Program aims to pique the curiosity of Michigan youth into exploring science as field for later in life when deciding on a college major or career. It's anticipated that all science fields will be stressed by workforce shortages and programs such as these are critical to preventing those shortages.

To register online and for full details and rules about the MDCH Explore Lab Science Program's 2014 virtual science fair, visit www.michigan.gov/explorelabscience.

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