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Valparaiso University hosted the 65th annual Northwestern Indiana Science and Engineering Regional Fair last month.

Now, 15 student finalists are moving on to compete at Heritage Research Group Corporation Facility in Indianapolis on March 24.

There were 50 students showing 45 projects in grades six through 12 from schools in Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Jasper, Pulaski and Newton counties who participated and competed for awards and cash prizes, including scholarships to the university.

The top winners of the fair for 2017 were:

  • Annie Ostojic, from Munster High School, presenting “The Third Eye: A Technological Safety Feature that Enlarges the Visual Field of Petexrians for Safer Walking While Texting."
  • Joseph Henning and Wyatt Hooper, from New Prairie High School, presenting “Sensory Aod for the Visually Impaired-Ultrasonic Sensors (SAVIUS).”
  • Benjamin Puch, from Saint John Evangelist School, presenting “Ready for Lift-Off: Does Nose Cone Shape Affect the Altitude Performance of a Rocket?”
  • Abigail Burton, from Grimmer Middle School, presenting: “NA3C6H507 Anticoagulant-Stopping the Clot.”

These top winners as well as the second- and third-place winners in the senior division, and the second-place winners in the junior division, will go on to compete at the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair. The top senior division winners will also qualify for a chance to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May.


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