Some of KOTA Territory's best and brightest minds of science and engineering showed off the results of the hard work they've been doing.
High school and middle school students from across the area competed in the 59th Annual High Plains Science and Engineering Fair.
More than 400 projects from a variety of science and engineering disciplines were on display at the School of Mines.
Some of the projects have been researched over the course of a number of years like Newcastle High School Junior Alex Henkle's work on phytoremediation, or the process of using plants to rid water and soil of lead pollution, "Basically we got this idea a couple years ago when I was a freshman. We went to a really big science fair and they had a lot of projects about phytoremediation, so we learned about that from there and plus we've always been inspired about clean water sources and lead pollution in general."
School of Mines Youth Programs Director Shawna Delaney spoke of the importance of getting kids interested in science at an early age, "It's huge in getting the students interested in stem because these are our future. These projects that you see here are the future inventions of out world, the future research we need."
The winning project in the high school senior division received an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles to present their project at the International Science and Engineering Fair.