The best and brightest student scientists and engineers will showcase their work when the annual Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, returns March 22-25, to the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore. This year the fair reaches a milestone celebrating 15 years in the community.
The fair motivates students to apply creativity and critical thought to solve science, engineering and math problems; encourages the exchange of knowledge and ideas; and recognizes student achievement.
This year's participants include 413 students from grades 7-12 attending public, private or parochial schools in Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol. A total of 300 projects will be presented; students may work in teams.
Science projects are judged on a range of criteria that represent standards of research held by the scientific community. Local scientists and engineers serve as judges, with more than 80 participating from the Lab.
Research categories cover a spectrum of science and include: behavioral and bioscience, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth science, energy and transportation, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, physical science and plant sciences.
Judging will take place on Wednesday, March 23, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The public may view the exhibition of student projects at the Robert Livermore Community Center on Thursday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
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, the Intel ISEF will be presented May 8-13, in Los Angeles. The Junior Division winners are eligible to compete at the California State Science Fair.
For more information about this year's Tri-Valley Science and Engineering Fair, go to the Tri Valley Science Fair Website.