Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 18, 2013

Fallsburg Science Fair draws big numbers

Winners will represent Lawrence County in the FIVCO‚ÄąScience Fair

Sarah Beckelheimer
The Independent

FALLSBURG — Dressed in a lab coat and bow tie, Craig McDavid hosted Fallsburg Elementary School’s first-ever science fair Friday.

“I think it’s going great,” McDavid said. “There are a lot of kinks to work out, like anything you do for the first time.”

McDavid is currently in his first year teaching at FES. He organized the fair to decide who will represent Lawrence County in the FIVCO Science Fair hosted by Ashland Community and Technical College.

Participants’ work ranged from studies on substituting ingredients in recipes to finding out what type of wood burns the fastest.

Students’ projects were displayed in the school’s gymnasium for parents, teachers, judges and fellow students to view.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students were allowed to participate in teams or individually. Sixth- through eighth-grade students worked alone.

McDavid said he thinks science fairs are beneficial to students of all ages.

“I’m glad students have a chance to do this,” McDavid said. “Lawrence County has never had something like this at an elementary level.”

Students placing in first, second and third place will go on to the district fair Friday. They will compete against other students from other Lawrence County schools.

Winners will represent Lawrence County against students from Boyd, Carter, Elliott and Greenup Counties in the FIVCO Area Science & Engineering Fair in March.

Representatives from ACTC judged the event. Results of the Fallsburg Science Fair will be announced today.

SARAH BECKELHEIMER is a student in the Morehead State University Convergent Media Department.