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FSU, Allegany County Public Schools and Appalachian Lab Hosting Western Maryland Science and Engineering Festival
04/02/2012

Frostburg State University will be the site of the second annual Western Maryland Science and Engineering Festival on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held on the Upper Quad of the Frostburg campus, and demonstrations will also take place at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg. A shuttle will be available to transport individuals between the two sites.

The event is open to K-12 students in public or private schools and their parents. There will be numerous hands-on activities, including forensics, origami and math, build a bat, geocaching, chemistry experiments and a critter corner. Students can also participate in the challenge events of egg drop, catapult and paper airplane design. The local festival is an official satellite event of the USA Science and Engineering Festival being held the next weekend in Washington, D.C. The Allegany County festival is being organized by FSU, Allegany County Public Schools and UMCES Appalachian Lab.

The goal of the festival is to spark the interest of the area’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students and their parents will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on, fun science activities. Presenters will include FSU professors, Allegany County teachers and businesses such as Pillar Innovations, ATK and PharmaCare.

Displays by high school student clubs and organizations are welcomed. For more information, contact Karen Bundy at karen.bundy@acps.k12.md.us or Kristen Lennon at kalennon@frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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E-mail: news@frostburg.edu