RALEIGH — Students from across the state gathered at Meredith College Saturday to showcase their inventions, as part of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair.
Organizers of the event said it is important, because it allows students to understand what it is like to work in science and engineering research.
"For most children, the only experience they've had with a science career is seeing their local doctor," said Judy Day, president of NCSEF.
Judges of the event factored in creativity and presentation, as well as the project itself in their scoring.
"I think a lot of people say, 'oh, you're a nerd if you do science fair.' But, that's not true, because really at the end of the day a science fair just allows you to express yourself," said Timothy Woodard Jr., Dudley High School junior.
With the United States lagging behind internationally in science and math education, organizers of the event say it is extremely important to continue events like the one on Saturday.