Bright Young Minds of the Coastal Bend Compete in TAMU-CC Regional Science Fair

Published: February 03, 2017

Bright Young Minds of the Coastal Bend Compete in TAMU-CC Regional Science Fair

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Some of the brightest young minds from across the Coastal Bend gathered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Saturday, Jan. 28, to compete in the 2017 Valero Energy, Coastal Bend Community Foundation, and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair. Approximately 637 students participated in the science fair this year.

“The regional science fair is a wonderful opportunity for K-12 students to showcase their passion, creativity and innovation for science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Dr. Tonya Jeffery, Island University Assistant Professor of Science Education and Director of the Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair. “It is the ‘Olympics’ of science as well as a competition, and an educational and motivating experience for all students!”

Students participating in the Regional Science Fair were selected for advancement to the fair and were broken into four divisions based on grade level. Projects were grouped into two scientific divisions: physical science and life/health science. For secondary students, each division was split into multiple categories, with 22 categories over-all, including biomedical engineering, chemistry, microbiology and biochemistry.

The first, second and third place winners from the Junior and Senior divisions (grades 6-12) will move on to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair which will be held on Saturday, April 1, in San Antonio, Texas.

This is the first time in five years that the science fair has been held on the campus of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

“We are so pleased to have been able to bring the 29th annual Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair back to the Island University,” said Jeffery.

To learn more about the Regional Science Fair or for a full list of winners, visit