TORY VAN BLARCUM
KC is hosting the 50th Annual East Texas Regional Science Fair today in the Devall Student Center Ballroom.
Students from grades 5-12 are participating in the event. They are divided into two divisions, Senior Physical and Senior Biological for grades 9-12 and Junior Physical and Junior Biological for grades 5-8.
Judges are looking for creative ability, scientific thought, thoroughness, technical skill and clarity in each of the projects.
Trophies will be awarded to students for first, second and third places in each of the four categories.
Students who place in the top 10 percent will qualify for state, and the Best Senior will win a trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair. Juniors who place in the top 10 percent qualify for Boardcom Masters, a nationwide competition.
Qualifiers from all over the U.S. are then narrowed down to the top 400 semifinalists. From these 400, the top 40 will win a trip to Washington, D.C., along with their parents for the finals.
In addition, there are specialty awards for water projects, Army and Navy awards, engineering awards and more.
Spectators are welcome to view the exhibits from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in the Devall Student Center Ballroom at no cost.
KC Chemistry 1412 students are staging a chemistry magic show from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Dodson Auditorium while the projects are being judged.
“Our hope is that all the participants gain insight into actually doing science,” said Dave Bugay, chemistry instructor and science fair coordinator.
Ana-Lab provides part of the funding, and Halliburton furnishes liquid nitrogen for chemistry demonstrations.