3/15/10 ASHLAND, Ohio --A total of 307 students from 46 schools are expected to converge on the Ashland University campus Saturday, March 27, for the 50th annual Mohican District Science Day. Sponsored by the Mohican District Junior Division of the Ohio Academy of Science, the event will be held in Ashland University's John C. Myers Convocation Center.
"This will be a very special year for the Mohican District Science Day because it will be the 50th year of Ashland University hosting the fair," said Dr. Michael Hudson, associate professor of geology at Ashland University and Science Day director. "In addition to that, we have discovered that our fair is the oldest continuous running district science fair in the state - from 1961 to 2010. Science fairs began in the state in 1949."
According to Hudson, projects that received superior ratings in local school district science fairs will be displayed at the district fair. The students participating will represent high schools, junior high/middle schools and fifth and sixth grades in eight different counties: Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland and Wayne.
"We are very pleased that the total number of students and the number of participating schools have increased, perhaps reflecting an emphasis on inquiry-based math and science education," Hudson said. "Students do hands-on experiments, collect and analyze data and draw conclusions, rather than just reading or reporting about what someone else has done. Many projects are very original or creative."
The public is invited to view the science projects from noon to 2 p.m. Registration for the day begins at 7:30 a.m., with judging to start at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented during a ceremony at 2 p.m.
The top 88 projects at the district level from students in grades 7-12 will be eligible to advance to the state competition, and this year for the first time the district may select five particularly worthy fifth- and sixth-grade projects to advance.
Hudson said this year's event will include 111 local judges from education, industry, business and medical professions. "We cannot do this event without the help of all of our volunteers and the facilities and support provided by Ashland University," he said.
Hudson also thanked Council President Jeff Steele of Mapleton High School, the 12 Mohican District Council members, those volunteers who work in the tally room, and Eileen Raubenolt, Science Day secretary, for the countless hours they contribute to the success of the annual event.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.