Area fourth to twelfth grade students are invited to participate in the second annual FIVCO Area Science & Engineering Fair that will be held February 7 at the Ashland Community and Technical College Technology Drive Campus.
The students must be enrolled in public, parochial or home-based schools in Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence Counties in Kentucky.
“ACTC continues to coordinate this fair in order to promote and recognize student achievements in science and engineering,” said Dr. Barbara Walters, a retired ACTC professor and the Science Fair Director.
“This Fair is one way to encourage young people to pursue the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects that will help them become the scientists and engineers of the future,” Dr. Walters said.
Earlier this month ACTC received a $12,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. to support the fair. The grant will help produce the science fair according ISEF guidelines and assist winning participants in attending subsequent competitions.
“Our partnership with Toyota will help the college grow this important initiative,” said Dr. Kay Adkins, ACTC President and CEO.
Last year, about 500 students participated in a school or district science fair, and the ACTC regional fair had over 90 entries from 21 different schools. The goal this year is to have entries from every school in the FIVCO region.
“The registration deadline is not until January 21, but teachers and schools will need to begin thinking now about their projects and about planning their own science fairs,” Dr. Walters said.
Each student may enter one individual or group project, and team projects are limited to three student participants. There are three project category areas: Life Science, Physical Science and Mathematics, and Engineering. Legos projects are acceptable for the Engineering Category.
For judging purposes, students will be grouped into three age categories: grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All projects must meet INTEL and safety guidelines which are available at: www.societyforscience.org. Forms from the INTEL site are not required. The only required entry form, as well as project information and a rules guideline booklet, are online at: www.fivcosciencefair.com.
Schools are encouraged to hold school or district wide science fairs prior to February, with the awards winners selected for entry into the FIVCO Area Fair.
The FIVCO Area Fair is led by a planning committee of teachers from every school district and Holy Family School, and the committee is reaching out to area residents for help with the setup and judging of fair entries.