60th Annual Greater New Orleans Science And Engineering Fair Coming To UNO February 23-25
NEW ORLEANS – Approximately 400 middle and high school students from Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes will display the results of their scientific inquiry at the 60th Annual Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF), February 23-25, 2016, at the UNO Human Performance Center.
Student exhibits will be on display to the public on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
Admission is free and open to the community.
The Greater New Orleans Science & Engineering Fair schedule of events is as follows:
Tuesday, February 23
12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Load-in of student exhibits
Wednesday, February 24
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Judging of student exhibits
Wednesday, February 24
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 25
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 27
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Awards Ceremony in the UNO Ballroom
GNOSEF encourages independent student research in science, technology, engineering and math. The Fair is open to any student nominated by their middle or high school within the designated parishes. Entrants fall into two divisions: Junior Division, comprised of middle school students (grades 6-8) and Senior Division, comprised of high school students (grades 9-12).
More than $60,000 in cash/ non-cash awards, prizes, grants and scholarships will be awarded to GNOSEF 2016 winners/ teachers and schools, including a trip for four students and two teachers to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which draws over 1,600 students from 70 countries with more than $4 million in cash awards and prizes.
Selected category winners at the GNOSEF in New Orleans are also eligible to compete for state honors at the Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair (LSEF) held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, March 21-23, 2016, with those winners going on to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) to be held May 8-13, 2016, in Phoenix, AZ.
Throughout the three-day event, students will be able to participate in social media contests featuring trivia questions and Instagram photos/ videos of their GNOSEF experiences, making them eligible to win exciting prizes.
“This annual gathering of curious students and dedicated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers serves as an educational platform for creating a brighter future for everyone in our community,” said Annette Oertling, Ph.D., GNOSEF Fair Director. “As we have for the past 60 years, we are committed to ensuring that students continue to pursue STEM careers, and to promoting collaboration and interaction between area students, scientists and engineers.”
Presented by the Greater New Orleans Science Fair Inc., H. Britton Sanderford, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation and Tulane University in partnership with Core Element, University of New Orleans and Women for a Better Louisiana, the GNOSEF encourages independent student research in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).