Get involved in science

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By Special to the Monitor

Put on some goggles, light up the bunsen burner and observe innovations in science take flight during the annual Los Alamos County Science Fair Saturday in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria.

The public is invited to view the projects between 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary, 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 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., on March 6.

The fair is more than a competition it is also a valuable learning experience. Every student will receive feedback from the judges, which will assess the student’s scientific approach, skills, creativity, clarity and thoroughness.

Additionally, participation at the science fair helps 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 who provide special awards make the Los Alamos County Science Fair a memorable event. Last year more than $7,000 in awards and donations were received from the Los Alamos community. Portage Environmental and the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee were T-shirt sponsors. The generous donations of these two organizations ensured all 228 participating students received a science fair T-shirt.

This year Los Alamos National Security, LLC and Los Alamos National Laboratory have pledged corporate sponsorship for the 2010 fair.

If interested in sponsoring an award for the fair or volunteering please contact Dawn Brown, Los Alamos County Science Fair coordinator, at 663-2232 or d.brown@laschools.net.

For more information, see the LAPS Website: www.laschools.net/sciencefair.