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March 16, 2009
NR-09-03-02

Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair returns
to Livermore

The best and brightest student scientists and engineers will showcase their work when the Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, returns March 24–28, to the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Avenue, Livermore.

Science Fair
Brian Cox talks about his project "Is It a Drag?" at last year's science fair competition.
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Each year the fair motivates students to apply creativity and critical thought to the solution of science, engineering and math problems; encouragesthe exchange of knowledge and ideas; and recognizes student achievement.

This year’s participants include 249 students from grades 7-12 attending public, private or parochial schools in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol. A total of 180 projects will be presented; students may work in teams.

Science projects are judged on a wide range of criteria that represent standards of research held by the scientific community. Local scientists and engineers serve as judges, with more than 80 from the Lab.

Research categories cover a wide spectrum of science and include: behavioral and bioscience, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth and space science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, physics and zoology.

Brian DeBaun at last year's science fair
Brian DeBaun discusses his project "Effects of an Agitated Environment on the Memory of Mice" with Beth Vitalis of LLNL at the 2008 Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair.
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Judging will take place on Wednesday morning, March 25, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening. The public may view the exhibition of student projects at the Robert Livermore Community Center on Thursday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no charge for admission.

The fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest pre-college celebration of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together more than 1,400 students from more than 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips, and the grand prize: a $50,000 college scholarship.

Each year Senior Division (9-12th grade) Sweepstakes winners of the Tri-Valley fair have gone on to win top honors at Intel ISEF. This year, Intel ISEF will be presented by Agilent Technologies, May 10-15, in Reno, Nevada.

The Junior Division winners are eligible to compete at the California State Science Fair.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.


Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory that develops science and engineering technology and provides innovative solutions to our nation's most important challenges. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.