ACTC Announces 4th Annual Science Fair

Area fourth to twelfth grade students are invited to participate in the 4th Annual FIVCO Area Science amp; Engineering Fair that will be held February 5 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, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects said Fair Director Logan Minter, an ACTC Math and Natural Science Instructor. Interest in these STEM subjects will help our young people become the scientists and engineers of the future.

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

The required entry form, project information and a rules guideline booklet are online at: www.fivcosciencefair.com. The registration deadline is not until January 23, 2016 but teachers and schools will need to be working on their projects now. Further, all interested students should visit the website to become familiar with the rules, judging criteria, and completion of approval forms. Minter said.

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 first and second winners in each grade category will be automatically registered for the Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Northern Kentucky University on February 20. Cash prizes will awarded through a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

Our partnership with Toyota is important in reaching out to students in the FIVCO area, said Minter. We would like every student to have the opportunity to discover the excitement of working with science and technology.

Area organizations and businesses are invited to join Toyota in supporting the fair. For more information on the fair or to volunteer, contact Minter at logan.minter@kctcs.edu.