Science Fair set for this weekend

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By The Staff

Young Los Alamos scientists will gather this weekend at the LAMS cafeteria and gymnasium to show off their experiments during the Los Alamos County Science Fair.
Two hundred thirty-one students will participate in the fair, with students in kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as those in fourth through 12th grade showing their individual and team projects.
Student check in is today from 3:45-6 p.m. and project judging will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Only sixth through 12th graders will present their projects to more than 75 judges from the district and local organizations.
Public viewing of the projects will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. The kindergarten through fifth grade awards ceremony will be at 4 p.m., while the sixth through 12th grade ceremony will be at 5 p.m. in the LAMS gym.
Los Alamos National Laboratory is the corporate sponsor of the Regional Qualifiers and Best of Show awards, while Portage, Inc. and the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee are sponsoring the T-shirt give-away for all science fair participants.
Los Alamos Science Fair Committee members work year ’round to provide the fair for the students, staff and community. Members include: Randy Ryti, Andy Erickson, Eva Abeyta, Chuck Wilkerson, Katie Tauxe, Barb Musgrave, Becky Littleton, Ryan Ross, Mary Ethel Plotner, Tammy Hinckley, Dawn Brown. Debbie Smith, Dawn Jalbert, Tess Daughton, Kathy Weinman, Ted Galvez, Juanita Jebbenema and Dorene Sanchez also assist in with the science fair. In addition, the LAHS FCCLA students provide refreshments and meals for the weekend. Numerous LAPS departments help as well.
Approximately 25 local organizations, parent-teacher organizations and individuals have donated more than $6,000 in award money and prizes for the fair.
All sixth through 12th graders who earn first, second, third place and honorable mention as district qualifiers will move on to the regional science fair on March 5. From there, all regional first through third place qualifiers will proceed to the state fair on April 1-2.
Los Alamos Science Fair Coordinator Dawn Brown said the county fair is in large part a success due to the support the receive from the LAPS school district and the community of Los Alamos.
“The community really supports the fair above and beyond always exceeding our goals,” Brown said. “This is the second year the Los Alamos National Lab has been our corporate sponsor of the district regional qualifier awards and best of show awards. This is the fourth year that Portage, Inc. and the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee have been our T-shirt sponsors.”
Volunteers are needed to help with the set-up from 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information contact Brown at d.brown@laschools.net.