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Free WNY bus fare offered for upstate science fair in Syracuse

The Dr. Nelson Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair has announced that a bus will transport students from Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties to Syracuse for the faire on March 22-23.

The two-day science fest will include four competitions and the first Science Fest Mini Maker Faire.

“Every middle and high school student preparing a project for any school or 4-H fair, or for the WNY Science Congress on March 29 should register at to bring that same project to Syracuse for a weekend of STEM celebration, and compete for scholarships, advancement to state, national and international levels, and a host of special awards at our internationally affiliated regional level,” Tri Region fair Director Mary Eileen Wood said in a news release, “and, of course, each student must still compete in their school or 4-H fair and/or the WNY Science Congress, not leap frog over them.”

Students and chaperones can register by Friday for the bus after they complete registration for the science fair. The $10 fee to reserve a seat will be refunded when the students sign in at the fair on March 22.

Last year, the fair advanced three projects to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and Buffalo student Yankang Yang took third in the world in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

The WNY Science Congress will be held March 29 at SUNY Buffalo State. For more information about that event, email that event’s chairman, John-Paul Martin, at

The Ying science fair serves 25 “orphaned counties” of upstate New York that until 2006 had no access to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, founded in 1950. The Ying fair has since helped give students in grades 5 to 12 a chance opportunity to participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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