From left, David Murphy – LAHS Senior Grand Award Winner Physical Science, Esteban Abeyta and Ashvini Vaidya – Senior Grand Award Winners Life Science, Priyanka Velappan – Junior Grand Award Winner Physical Science and Tazler Smith – Junior Grand Award Winner Life Science. Courtesy/Dawn Brown
Students in 6th through 12th grade at Los Alamos Public Schools who are regional award winners and qualifiers. Courtesy/Dawn Brown
Winners have emerged from Saturday’s annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair at Los Alamos High School. David Murphy won the LAHS Senior Grand Award in Physical Science, Esteban Abeyta and Ashvini Vaidya won the Senior Grand Award in Life Science, Priyanka Velappan won the Junior Grand Award in Physical Science and Tazler Smith won the Junior Grand Award in Life Science.
Los Alamos Public Schools students, Home School students and teachers in grades K-12 displayed projects in 4th-5th grade individual elementary, K-6th grade elementary class, 6th-8th grade junior division and 9th-12th grade senior division.
The elementary projects were 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. The winners will participate in the mMarch 8 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Las Vegas, N.M.
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, The New Mexico Consortium, CB FOX, Martyn & Claire Swinhoe, Del Norte Credit Union, The Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club and the Los Alamos Medical Center are the 2014 t-shirt sponsors.
The generosity of these organizations ensures that all 300 students participating received a science fair t-shirt. Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Kiwanis, Navarro Inc., CB FOX and the Los Alamos Elks are corporate sponsors for the 2014 fair. There are more than 30 organizations and individual donors sponsoring the 2014 fair and more than 100 fair judges.