ALBANY, N.Y. -- It could be the first step toward a bright future for this group of students.
About 150 middle and high school students presented their own research at the 24th annual Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair Saturday.
Students came from 26 schools in the region to show off their work on the RPI campus.
Different awards went to high-ranking projects at the event.
But it's not just about being recognized for their work.
Students say working on their own project helps them prepare for more challenging science programs in college, even if they might be a few years out.
Some students have been working on their research for years.
"I'm working at Albany Medical Center comparing the differences between two drugs. Basically what we do is, we research and then we present it here so people can see what we have to offer," said Lauren Brooksby, senior fair participant.
Students who rank in the top three places move on to an international fair in Los Angeles.
Local businesses also sponsor unique awards for students who present work in specific fields.