Get ready to go to the fair

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By Special to the Monitor

The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria. The public is invited to view the projects between 12:30-2 p.m.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place in 17 categories.

This will give them an opportunity to participate in the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair March 7 in Las Vegas, N.M.

Every student will receive feedback from the judges, who will assess the student’s scientific approach, skills, creativity, clarity and thoroughness.

Therefore, the participation in the County Science Fair is valuable experience for student learning. Participation at the science fair helps students achieve State Standard I 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.

The mission of the science fair is to provide a quality experience by helping participants develop projects and communicate their understanding of the scientific method and/or engineering principles.

Local sponsors who provide special awards make the Los Alamos County Science Fair a memorable event.

If you are interested in sponsoring an award for the fair, judging or volunteering, please contact Dawn Brown, science fair coordinator, at 663-2232.

For more information, visit the LAPS website: www.laschools.net/ sciencefair