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Students prep for LA County Science Fair

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By Special to the Monitor

The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on  Jan. 22, 2011 in the Los Alamos Middle School gymnasium. The public is invited to view the projects between 1-2:30 p.m.
Students in grades K-12 will display their projects in elementary (4-5th grade), elementary class (K-6th), junior (6-8th grade) and senior divisions (9-12th grade). The elementary projects are divided into three categories.
The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third 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, N.M. March 3, 2011.
Every student will receive feedback from the judges, which will assess the student’s scientific approach, skills, creativity, clarity and thoroughness.
Participation at the science 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.
Local sponsors provide special awards for those taking part in the Los Alamos County Science Fair .
Last year more than $10,000 in awards and donations were received from the Los Alamos community.
Los Alamos National Security, LLC/Los Alamos National Laboratory and Portage Environmental were corporate sponsors of the 228 student participants and class projects.
Those interested in sponsoring an award for the fair, judging or volunteering should contact Dawn Brown, Los Alamos County Science Fair Coordinator, at 663-2232 or by e-mail at d.brown@laschools.net
For more information visit the Los Alamos Public Schools Web site at www.laschools.net/sciencefair.