SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Nearly 300 students from 50 schools in Indiana came together today to show off their skills in science.
The fair was for students in grades three through 12, and today, they finally got to present to judges after months of intense research.
The regional fair was hosted at the University of Notre Dame, and in some cases, students got to be mentored by Notre Dame professors.
NewsCenter 16 caught up with two students – one who studied heart disease and the other who found a correlation between ovarian cancer genes treated and lung cancer genes.
"It prepares you for college," said Julianna Meyer, a 12th-grader. "Like, I know how to work in a college kind of lab now. And you're expected to do a lot more."
"Just having the opportunity to be able to study and to experiment at the college level is pretty cool," added Carlondrea Petty, an 11th-grader.
Ten students will be chosen to advance to the state competition, and there are chances to win scholarships and other prizes.
The Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair in open to schools in Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall and St. Joseph counties.