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State briefs for March 19



OSU to host science, engineering fair

More than 150 junior high and high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will take part in the 2019 Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair scheduled March 28-30 at Oklahoma State University.

This is the first time OSU will host the fair, which is moving from East Central University in Ada after more than 40 years. The fair allows students to present findings from their STEM research. The participants earned a trip to the state finals by placing in the top three at one of seven competitive regional fairs.

Julie Angle, OSU associate professor and event coordinator, said as the students prepare to compete in the science fair, they learn to break down and explain complex information at a level that the general audience can understand. Students will present research in categories including biochemistry, medicine and health science, physical sciences, earth and space sciences, behavioral and social sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science, environmental science, zoology, botany, and microbiology.

At least two projects from the state fair and one from each of the regional fairs will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair this May in Phoenix.


Genealogy class to be presented at Chisholm Trail Museum

Tracing Your Roots, a class covering genealogy skills and resources, will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. March 30 the Chisholm Trail Museum. The class will be led by Laura Martin, deputy director of the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center.

Topics include beginning genealogical research, record keeping, use of census records, accessing newspapers, American Indian genealogical research, accessing Oklahoma Historical Society archival information and identifying tools for success.

The cost is $25 per person or $40 per pair. Payment must be received to secure registration. Registration is limited to 30. For more information, call 405-375-5176 or go to


Open Streets OKC will be held on NW 23

The Wellness Now Coalition will present Open Streets OKC from noon to 4 p.m. April 7 along NW 23 between Robinson to Walker avenues. The alcohol- and tobacco-free event is a wellness project sponsored by Oklahoma’s Credit Union, the DCCCA Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

The street will close to motorized traffic to encourage activities like biking, walking, skating and dancing. The festival will include more than 35 physical activity stations and 25 local food trucks. Pets are welcome as long as they are on a leash and owners clean up after them.

Activities include bellydance lessons, hula hoops and ring toss, health screenings, bike rental, hitting and pitching booths, line dancing, Zumba, kickboxing and camping Information. Learn more at

Staff reports