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It’s almost time for the science fair

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Perhaps one of the most cohesive and flawlessly run programs in the community is on the horizon and if you have the time, talent or financial means, the Los Alamos County Science Fair has a place for you.
The county science fair, slated for Jan. 26, is clearly down to a science and there’s no better place to put on a show than Los Alamos.
Dawn Brown has taken the event to new heights, enlisting volunteers — and if you always wanted to be involved, this is the time of year to jump in with both feet.
“The judges will judge our students for regional awards, as well as locally donated awards and prizes,” Brown said.
Individuals with particular backgrounds including math, physics, computer sciences, earth and environmental sciences, engineering, animal sciences or in the areas of medicine and health, can be helpful, as judges are still needed.
Los Alamos Public Schools will utilize a total of 100 judges from the community.
Currently, the program is still in need of about 20 judges for the event at Los Alamos High School.
“LAHS is the gem of our public school system,” Brown said. “It was very exciting for us to host our science fair at such a wonderful venue.
The Science Fair public viewing not only allowed the community to see local student’s projects, but to catch a glimpse of the new high school also.”
If being a judge isn’t appealing, there are other ways to help. Small donations of gift cards or a few spare dollars can be used to offset expenses and reward budding scientists and engineers for their efforts.
“Any donation amount would be gladly accepted,” Brown said. “We have a record 400+ projects this year.”
Donors can also specify a division or category or allow the Science Fair committee to use the donation where they find the most need.
It takes roughly 30-35 sponsors to operate the local science fair and Brown said she is proud to have T-shirt sponsors already on board.
This year, CB Fox and the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee will make sure that every student that participates will receive a T-shirt for their participation.
Those wishing to get involved can call Brown at 663-3256 or reach her via email at d.brown@laschools.net.