Los Alamos County Science & Engineering Fair Saturday


The annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair is Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area. Public Viewing is 12:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

LAPS students, Home School students and Teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4/5th grade individual elementary, K-6th grade elementary class, 6-8th grade junior division  and 9-12th 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 20 categories. This will give them an opportunity to participate in the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Las Vegas, N.M., March 7.

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.

More than 100 fair judges are participating and more than 280 student projects will be competing for more than $10,000 in prizes and awards this weekend. Local fair sponsors, who provide special awards, make the Los Alamos County Science Fair a memorable event. Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Kiwanis, The Los Alamos Medical Center, The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, Mountain Elementary PTA, Navarro Engineering, Inc., CB FOX and the Los Alamos Elks are the 2015 corporate fair sponsors. More than 30 organizations and individual donors will award prizes.

For more information, contact Dawn Brown, Los Alamos County Science Fair Director, at 505.663.3256 or d.brown@laschools.net.