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Mohawk College launches The Agency

The 52nd Annual Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair gets underway at Mohawk College next week.

More than 465 students will showcase 334 projects at this year's fair with the winners going to represent their schools at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown, P.E.I. as well as a chance to compete at the world-renowned Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which is being held in Pittsburgh this year.

BASEF is a regional science fair that draws students from Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Brant and Norfolk counties. The fair is well-known for producing talented students such as Kayla Cornale, a past BASEF winner and 2007 CNN Hero of the Year whose project focused on developing a teaching system for children with autism; and Ben Gulak, designer of the Uno, an electric powered unicycle. The Uno earned Ben a top 10 spot in Popular Science's list of inventions for 2008 and was featured on CBC's Dragon's Den.

There are more than $140,000 in prizes up for grabs at this year's fair, which includes scholarships and all-expenses paid trips to the national and international fairs for the winners.  

BASEF starts on Wednesday, March 28 and runs to Saturday, March 31. The public viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday. Admission is free. The fair takes place in the Gymasium at the Fennell Campus.