CLEVELAND--Young scientists and engineers from grades 7-12 all over Ohio took part in the 61st annual Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair at Cleveland State University Tuesday afternoon.
"I love science and it's really nice to see everyone else here loves science too," said Hana Baran of Lakewood.
550 science and engineering students from more than 90 public, private and parochial schools from seven different counties were competing for recognition, an opportunity to compete internationally plus $40,000 in cash and prizes. Students are competing in nine different science categories.
"This is the Olympics of science and engineering here in Northeast Ohio. This is a chance for these students to show off their work and talk to a professional in the same in the field that knows what they are working on and it's a great chance to get some feedback and most importantly some recognition for their really hard work, "said Nancy DiIulio, president of “NEOSEF."
Students said they enjoy this competition because they get to discuss their research with local scientists and engineers, which inspires them.
"I really wanted to see what other people thought about my project and what people with more knowledge, others who know more about it can give me, " said Madelyn Jett of Solon.
"They definitely inspire me. They show all the work that they've put into their field and how good they are at it. Maybe I want to consider a field like theirs," said Pranav Iyer of Solon.
On Thursday, the judges will announce the nine winners from the science fair.