Middle school students in public, private or charter schools and students who are home-schooled in Louisiana are invited to participate in the 2015 Louisiana Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Expo, hosted by Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School on Feb. 28 in Baton Rouge.

The theme of the expo is “Homegrown STEM in Louisiana.”

The expo, an innovative alternative to traditional science fairs, will include demonstrations, games and robotics from Louisiana students. Interested students can register free at www.lastemexpo.org.

Isiah Warner, an LSU Boyd professor of chemistry and the university’s vice chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, will be the keynote speaker at the expo.

Warner is a Louisiana native whose boyhood love of science led him to a career that has included more than 300 published works and dozens of national and international awards, a news release from Lambert Media said. Warner has six patents and is considered one of the world’s leading experts in analytical spectroscopy, the release said.

“It is critical that we nurture that sense of curiosity and discovery that lies in so many of our young people,” Warner said. “We need more events like the Louisiana STEM Expo to provide encouragement, guidance and mentorship for students.”

Students can compete in chemistry, life sciences, physics, math or technology and will work with their teachers and mentors to prepare a demonstration to present at the expo, the release says.

Presenters will be judged by university and industry volunteers, and the winners and their teachers will receive prizes. Kenilworth is again inviting industry partners, nonprofit organizations, local museums, higher education institutions and federal and state agencies to participate as exhibitors or sponsors.

Last year’s expo attracted more than 500 participants, and expo sponsors included The Mosaic Company, the U.S. Navy and the Louisiana Board of Regents. Partners include the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, LSU-Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices, the Louisiana Chemical Association, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU — College of Human Science and Education, Black Alliance for Educational Options and the LSU Cain Center.

Sponsorships and partnerships for the 2015 expo also are available. For information, visit www.lastemexpo.org.

Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School is a state-sanctioned charter school with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the release said.