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Local students to participate at Sacramento STEM Fair

College and career expo, workshops open to the public
By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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Students from Folsom and El Dorado Hills will join hundreds of students from across the region to put their science, technology, engineering and math skills to the test this weekend at the annual Synopsys Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Participants from Folsom High School, Oak Ridge High School and Golden Hills School have spent months working on projects that tackle important issues in science, technology, engineering and math.

The fair is from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, March 14, at Folsom High School, 1655 Iron Point Road, Folsom.

Folsom High School freshmen students Shreya Balaji, 14, and Shimika Basuroy, 15, will present their project at the expo.

“Our project looked into why certain mutations cause diseases and others don’t,” Balaji said.

Both girls have participated in the expo individually since they were in seventh grade, but this year decided to partner up and work together.

“Our project was really interesting this year and we both learned a lot,” Basuroy said. “We also learned that we work really well together as partners. We are very compatible and plan to work on more projects together in the future through high school.”

Both girls want to eventually work in the medical field professionally.

“This expo is not just about winning a prize,” Basuroy said. “It’s about opening your eyes to learning about new things and being educated in new areas.”

In addition to hundreds of student projects, this year’s fair will feature more than 50 exhibitors for a College and Career Expo. This event provides an opportunity for students and parents to get free information from UC, CSU and community colleges as well as organizations like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Highway Patrol and City of Sacramento.

Several free workshops will also be held to benefit students, parents and teachers. Golden 1 Credit Union will host a workshop on financial planning for students. Creative Marbles Consultancy will host a college admissions workshop to help families navigate the complicated world of financial aid. Teachers can also attend a free hands-on workshop to show how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects can meet Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards requirements.

These events are free and open to the public.

This year’s grand prize winners will go on to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair May 10-15 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The fair is a partnership with the Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair Foundation and the Synopsys Outreach Foundation with additional funding from Intel, the Professional Engineers in California Government, the California Association of Professional Scientists and Aerojet.

For more information, visit sacstemfair.org.