Competitions at CSU to Showcase Local Science Skills

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s Math and Science Learning Center is staging a pair of upcoming annual competitions that showcase the science skills of area students.

About 140 middle and high school students will compete in the Feb. 8-9 Columbus Regional Science Fair. Judging takes place 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, and the public is welcome to view entries, plus results, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday in the Elizabeth Bradley Turner Center. 

Separately, the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 12 will involve teams from 10 middle schools competing to advance to the tournament’s state, then national finals. Columbus State professors and students will supervise 23 competitions from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. around main campus. The projects will involve biology, computers, chemistry and physics. A 4 p.m. awards ceremony in the Davidson Student Center auditorium will close the event.

While the Science Olympiad involves competitors conducting and demonstrating experiments, the science fair is an opportunity for students to display the results of completed research, through which they are directed to isolate problems and solve them within the framework of organized, logical thought and study. 

Science fair projects cover biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and physics. Judges will include CSU professors. Winners will be eligible to compete in the 63rd annual Georgia Science and Engineering Fair from March 31-April 2 in Athens.

Fair co-sponsors are CSU’s Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Muscogee County School District, Lance Inc., Casio Education, ETA/Cuisenaire, Ward’s Natural Science and Science Kit and Boreal Laboratories, Texas Instruments and Bayer MaterialScience.

For more information about the fair, contact learning center director Kimberly Shaw at 706-507-8460 or

For more information on the Science Olympiad, also co-sponsored by Bayer MaterialScience, contact Jill Carroll at 706-565-7874 or or go to

CSU’s Math and Science Learning Center,, is a community resource dedicated to enhancing the learning of math and science through curriculum development and best-practices training for college faculty as well as in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers. The center, located in University Hall,  also provides student tutoring and tutor training and seeks to support learning at all age levels.