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ASMSA hosts annual science fair
ASMSA hosts annual science fair

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is holding the West Central Regional Science Fair and Senior Research Symposium during the last full week of February.

The Science Fair and Research Symposium is the culmination of almost a year-long project for ASMSA students. Every ASMSA student must complete a Fundamentals in Research Methods (FIRM) project during their senior year. They begin working on the project during the second semester of their junior year. Students may pick a STEM or humanities emphasis for their project.

Students who pick the STEM emphasis compete in the West Central Regional Science Fair, which is a qualifying fair for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Students also compete to qualify for the Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair. ASMSA has won the overall title at the state science fair the previous two years and have had individual winners recognized at the state science fair as well.

Humanities emphasis students compete in the Senior Research Symposium. For the first time this year, humanities students also had the opportunity to present an art portfolio as their FIRM project.

This year students from more than 50 counties are attending ASMSA. Public and media viewing of the projects is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, February 25 at ASMSA at 200 Whittington Avenue in Hot Springs. Students will be with their projects during that time. 

An awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 26 at First Presbyterian Church, across the street from the school.