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Volunteers needed for ND Native American Science and Engineering Fair
By Carol Davis, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Science Fair volunteer
3 January 2011

      The 27th annual North Dakota Native American Science and Engineering Fair is scheduled for January 16-17 at the Ramkota Inn, Bismarck. And there’s plenty of time to get involved and help out.

Two students demonstrated their project for Duane Robey, a retired science teacher from Bismarck, who helped judge the TJES Science Fair on December 10 at United Tribes. United Tribes News photo Dennis J. Neumann

      The event provides Native students with an opportunity to develop their math and science abilities through the application of scientific method.

      Nineteen schools are involved, mainly from the state’s reservations. Other schools that serve Native students also participate, like Theodore Jamerson Elementary School at United Tribes, along with off-reservation Native students who apply. Last year there were 285 entrants.

      The event is conducted with the volunteer help of teachers from the participating schools, who organize, judge and recognize the award winners.

      For the past three years it was organized and coordinated by Norma Poitra and LaVon Jerome, both from Turtle Mountain Elementary School. Ann Finley from Standing Rock provided the drum group during the same period.

      Science fair judges and other volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested, please e-mail your name and contact information to me, Carol Davis, at this e-mail address cadavistmt@yahoo.com. The agenda and judging procedures will be provided to you. Thank You!


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