ACTC Announces 3rd Science Engineering Fair

Area fourth to twelfth grade students are invited to participate in the third annual FIVCO Area Science amp; Engineering Fair that will be held February 6 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.

We are trying 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.

Last year, several hundred students participated in a school or district science fair, and the ACTC regional fair had over 100 entries from more than 20 different schools.

The registration deadline is not until January 23, but teachers and schools will need to begin thinking now about their projects, Dr. Walters said.

Each student may enter one individual or group project, and team projects are limited to three student participants. There are five project category areas: Life Science, Mathematical Science, Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics amp; Astronomy.

For judging purposes, students will be grouped into three grade categories: grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All projects must meet INTEL and safety guidelines which are available at: www.societyforscience.org.

Winners in each category will receive a medal and the overall winners in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will receive cash prizes and will be eligible to advance to a regional science fair.

The only required entry form, as well as project information and a rules guideline booklet, are online at: www.fivcosciencefair.com. The rules booklet includes information about selecting projects and organizing and preparing the projects to meet judging guidelines.

Last year, ACTC received a $12,000, three-year grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. to support the fair. Our partnership with Toyota has been important in helping the college involve more schools and students in the FIVCO area, said Dr. Walters.

We would like every student to have the opportunity to work on hands-on science and technology projects that can spark an interest that stays with them for life, she said.

The 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. This Fair is a great opportunity to help our young people focus on subjects important to their future, said Dr. Walters

The committee is reaching out to area residents for help with the setup and judging of fair entries. 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 Dr. Walters.

Our judges have come from industry, education and community organizations, and each year they have been amazed at how much our students know about science and technology, said Mary Vannatter, a retired nurse and committee member who works with the fair judges.

We invite anyone interested in STEM subjects to participate in this rewarding community service project, she added.

For more information on the fair entire, or to volunteer, contact Dr. Walters at barbara.walters@kctcs.eduor call 600.922.2931.