Moving forward by leaps and bounds….
Kristy Trowbridge, Title III Administrative Assistant
On February 27, 2013, Lamar Community College sponsored the annual Regional Science Fair, an event that gathers students from our local area schools which is the next step before the State Science Fair. David Northrup, whom oversaw the process, worked along with Debbie Elam, Terri Lira, and Robin Staker to make this a successful event and an enjoyable one for both students and their parents.
Having been involved in the Science Fair for fourteen years, Northup stated that this year’s event was the largest he had participated in. There were over 250 participants, as well as several staff and local community volunteers. With so many competing this year, it was vital that a student’s project met each requirement; original scientific thought, thoroughness, presentation of project, and a well presented interview. The projects are divided into categories ranging from Biology to Environmental Science. Each student enters their project in the hopes of winning Grand or Reserve Championship, which will allow them to enter into the State Science Fair.
“This event not only encourages student involvement in the sciences but helps to introduce students, especially seniors, to the Lamar Community College campus.”
The important task of choosing a winning project fell on the judges who volunteered their time to look over each project in their assigned category and listen to each student’s interviews. This year was especially tough as many of the projects were of exceptional quality. However, after a lengthy time spent judging each project, Maddie Thompson from Wiley was awarded the Grand Champion and Tucker Hobden from Alta Vista was awarded Reserve Champion.
Along with the many other rewards that were handed out, each student gained experience that allows them to better understand the process of research and presentation. This event not only encourages student involvement in the sciences but helps to introduce students, especially seniors, to the Lamar Community College campus.
This event would not be possible without the help of the Lamar Community College staff and our community.