Science & Engineering Fair Begins Next Week

The 29th Annual Tulare County Science & Engineering Fair will be held March 24-28 at the Sequoia Mall in Visalia during regular mall hours. Over 170 science projects, representing the work of students in grades 3-12 from throughout Tulare County, will be on display. Students participating in the event submit their projects to showcase the scientific method, which is the testing of a scientific hypothesis through observation.

Judging will take place that evening with over 50 engineers, science educators,

meteorologists, physicians and practicing scientists selecting the top 30 projects for “Sweepstakes Awards.” Students compete in ten categories, including: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Botany; Earth and Space; Engineering and Mathematics; Environmental Science; Medicine and Health; Microbiology and Biochemistry; Physical Science; Product Testing and Materials Science; and Zoology.

On March 25 and 26, community members visiting the Sequoia Mall will be able to vote for their favorite projects. Projects with the most votes will be presented with “Community Choice Awards.” An awards ceremony will be held March 27, at 6:30pm in the center court of the Sequoia Mall. Deserving student scientists will be awarded plaques in each of the following areas: Sweepstakes, Environmental Vision and Community Choice. Additionally, those projects that will continue on to the California State Science Fair will be announced.

“The projects address an amazing array of scientific issues such as energy usage, human health, food production and environmental concerns,” says Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. “We’re always impressed with the creativity and thoroughness of the projects in the science fair.”

For more information, visit www.tcoe.org/sciencefair.

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