Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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February 19, 2014

Postponed science fair Friday at ACTC

COALTON — Weather and water postponed this year’s ACTC/FIVCO Area Science and Engineering Fair, but more schools and more students are participating than in 2013.

About 120 students from 26 schools will bring their projects to the EastPark campus of Ashland Community and Technical College on Friday for the second annual fair, director Barbara Walters said.

They include fourth-grade through high-school students from seven area school districts and one home school.

Two schools withdrew because their teams didn’t have time to complete projects because of closures, Walters said.

The fair will feature projects in physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics and engineering.

Among the highlights: Elliott County High School students will bring a hovercraft they built, and one of the participating schools will win a rain barrel donated by Sustainable Berea as a door prize.

There also will be cash prizes for the top high school and middle school winners.

Even more students — roughly 1,000 — took part in school science fairs that led up to the regional fair, Walters said.

To Walters, the growth in participation is an encouraging sign science education in area schools is healthy.

“All these young people are getting acquainted with the scientific method,” she said.

It also means scores of teachers throughout the Tri-State are dedicated to improving science education in the schools, she said.

Projects will be judged in the morning and there will be an awards ceremony at 1 p.m.

The fair is supported by a grant from Toyota and winners may be eligible to participate in a state regional fair.

Because the fair was postponed from its original Feb. 7 date, entries missed deadlines for regional fairs at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville.

Officials are checking on whether winners will be able to register at the central Kentucky fair at the University of Kentucky. That fair is March 1.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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