High school science and engineering enthusiasts converged Thursday at Montana Technological University to compete in the 29th annual Montana Tech Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
According to Tom Reget, of Montana Tech’s Student Support Services, a total of 73 students, with 43 projects in tow, participated in the day-long event.
“Students from 17 Western Montana counties competed,” said Reget, “with over 35 judges on hand.”
Projects ran the gamut with categories such as animal science, earth and environmental science, cellular and molecular biology, mathematics, energy and more.
The top two winners, yet to be announced, will compete in May at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Anaheim, California.
Two competitors were Ida Real and John “Mikey” Haldane, both juniors at Butte High School.
The duo started working on their project, “Assessment of Macroinvertebrates in Blacktail Creek Beaver Mimicry Sites,” last summer.
The project, five months in the making, is somewhat complicated. Their research included keeping beaver dam analogs and studying how they affect the abundance and diversity of the macroinvertebrates living in Blacktail Creek.
Ninth graders Jaiden Spence and Pierce Farr of Lone Peak High School in Big Sky turned to music for their project, “The Effect of Music on Heart Rate.”