Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 20, 2013

First area science fair set for March

Staff report
The Independent

SUMMIT — The first annual FIVCO Area Science and Engineering Fair will be March 2 at the Ashland Community and Technical College Roberts Drive Campus.

The fair is open to all students in fourth to 12th grades in public, parochial or home-based schools in the FIVCO area of Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence Counties in Kentucky.

“ACTC is coordinating this fair to promote and recognize student achievements in science and engineering,” said fair director Barbara Walters, a retired ACTC professor.

“We know the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to our country’s future in the global economy,” Walters said.  “This fair is one way to encourage young people to pursue those subjects that will help them become the scientists and engineers that will shape our world.”

Each student may enter one individual or group project, and group projects are limited to three student participants.  For judging purposes, students will be grouped into three age categories: grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Awards will be presented in each age category.

February 23 is the project entry deadline, and the FIVCO Science and Engineering Fair entry form and project information are at: http://ashland.kctcs.edu/Science_Fair.aspx. Projects must meet International Science and Engineering Fair guidelines which are available at: www.societyfor science.org.

“We have a steering committee of teachers from every FIVCO school district and Holy Family School,” Dr. Walters said. “The committee is involved in planning the fair and serving as resource persons for their schools, and we are fortunate to have such dedicated individuals.”

The fair will need area residents to help with the setup and judging of fair entries in March. “We invite everyone who is interested in school projects, student success or who has expertise in some area of science or technology to help with this project,” said Walters.  The fair will be set up March 1 and judging will be March 2.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Walters at Barbara.walters@kctcs.edu or call (606) 326-2103.