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Rochester students among science fair presenters

Fifty Rochester students will present their scientific research at the Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair in Bloomington, Minn., on March 31.

The Rochester students will be among 500 students across the state to compete in the state science fair for awards totaling more than $25,000. The most sought-after prize is an all-expense paid trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. Four students from the Minnesota science fair will be picked to go to the international event.

More than 45 government agencies, corporations and professional scientific societies sponsor the awards.

Science fairs are designed to kindle students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. It is an opportunity for students to exchange ideas with other students and network with professional scientists.

The Minnesota State Science Fair & Engineering Fair is sponsored by Seagate Technology, 3M, Ecolab, the Pentair Foundation, General Mills, the Subaru of America Foundation, UTC Aerospace Systems, the Hardenbergh Foundation, Barr Engineering, The Tennant Foundation and TE Connectivity. For more information about the event, visit www.mnmas.org .

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