More than 250 school children, grades K-5, from 30 cities and towns throughout the state will converge at Georgia College from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14, to compete in the State Science and Engineering Fair at Centennial Center.
“Preparing and competing at a science fair of this magnitude is a great investment of time and energy that produces amazing rewards for our students,” said Dr. Catrena Lisse, director of Georgia College’s Science Education Center.
“It has the potential to open doors to career opportunities, improve communication skills and increase scientific knowledge. Every year, I am amazed at what the youth of our community can accomplish,” she said.
Students from North Cumming in Forsyth County to Abbeville in Wilcox County will display their scientific knowledge.
Displays explore 22 categories from astronomy to translational medicine. A fourth grader from Macon will show how crickets know temperature; a second grader from Milledgeville has analyzed metals in breakfast cereals; a fifth grader from Tennille will provide a prevention for foot odor; a fifth grader from Atlanta has determined if gaming technology helps youth make healthier eating choices; and a fifth grader from Forsyth examines whether the color of light affects the output of solar panels.
From 8:30 to 10 a.m., there will be team-building competitions like the Zip-Line challenge, paper table building and the ever-popular parachute design challenge. These—along with the annual STEM Marketplace—allow young students to learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics while participating at the fair.
About 20 professional judges from Georgia College, Mercer, Fort Valley State University and Middle Georgia State University will evaluate projects from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The awards ceremony will be at 3:30 p.m. in Russell Auditorium.
“STEM promotes skills in the 5 Cs—collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication and confidence,” Lisse said. “Come show your support and cheer these kids on. I’m hoping we can get the community excited. It shows these young scientists their community supports them, and that makes a huge impact.”