Regional Science Fair 2013 – Los Alamos. Photo by Tommy Martinez
The annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair is Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area. The public is invited to view the projects between 1-3 p.m., Jan. 25, 2014.
LAPS students, Home School students and Teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4/5 grade individual elementary, K-6th grade elementary class, 6-8 grade junior division and 9-12 grade senior division. The elementary projects are divided into three categories, Physical, Earth and Life Sciences. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention in 17 categories. This will give them an opportunity to participate in the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Las Vegas, NM on March 8, 2014. Protocol Forms are currently available at all LAPS schools.
All 6-12th grade students are present during judging. The junior and senior division students will receive feedback from the judges, which will assess the student’s scientific approach, skills, creativity, clarity, and thoroughness. Therefore, the participation in the County Science and Engineering Fair is valuable experience for student learning. Participation at the Science and Engineering Fair helps the students to achieve State Standard I for every student in every grade level. This standard requires students to understand the processes of scientific investigations and use inquiry and scientific ways of observing, experimenting, predicting, and validating to think critically. This past year there were over 280 student projects displayed at the fair.
Local fair sponsors, who provide special awards, make the Los Alamos County Science Fair a memorable event. The 2013 fair saw a record breaking $12,500 in awards, donations and prizes from the Los Alamos community. The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee and CB Fox were the 2013 t-shirt sponsors. The generosity of the Oppenheimer Committee, Neptune & Co. and CB Fox helped to ensure that all 291 students participating received a science fair t-shirt. Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Kiwanis and the Los Alamos Elks were corporate sponsors for the 2013 fair. There were over 30 organizations and individual donors that sponsored the 2013 fair and over 100 fair judges. If you are interested in sponsoring an award for the fair, or registering a student project, please contact Dawn Brown, Los Alamos County Science Fair Coordinator, at 663-3256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit http://www.laschools.net/sciencefair