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Young scientists will gather at the University of South Carolina Upstate campus where they will exhibit their projects at the 59th annual Piedmont Region III Science Fair Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Readiness Center and is open to the public.

The Piedmont Region III Science Fair is sponsored and funded by the Rotary Club of Downtown Spartanburg, and involves students in grades 1-12 who represent public, private and home schools located in Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York counties.

The projects are to be divided by grades into the following academic categories during the competition:  Elementary Level (grades 1-4), Middle Level (grades 5-8), and Secondary Level (grades 9-12). Competition will occur in the following discipline categories: Behavioral and Social Science, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Math and Computer Science, and Physics. Prizes to be awarded by the Rotary Club of downtown Spartanburg include gift cards and a trip to Phoenix in May to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Scholarships to USC Upstate will be awarded by the USC Upstate Foundation.

The Piedmont Region III Science Fair is hosted by USC Upstate with assistance provided by its School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, including the Division of Natural Sciences and Engineering and the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. Volunteers include students and professionals from Converse College, Spartanburg Community College, Wofford College, Spartanburg Community College, Limestone College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, the Rotary Club of downtown Spartanburg, as well as individuals in the community with science and educational backgrounds.

For additional information, contact Stephen Bismarck, director of Piedmont Region III Science Fair, at (864) 503-7407 or sciencefair@uscupstate.edu.

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