Organizers are hoping that registrations for this year’s Lambton County Science Fair will match or exceed last year’s numbers.
“Last year was the largest number of entries we’d seen in at least five years,” said organizing committee chair Stephanie Lobsinger, “we were delighted with the response and we’re hoping for another bumper year.”
This year’s Science Fair, the 39th annual fair, will again be held at Lambton College. The event runs Friday, March 23 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Awards will be presented by local industry sponsors in the Lambton Inn on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Students in grades 3-12 from English and French-language schools across Lambton County will again compete in junior, intermediate and senior age categories in a number of award categories on topics that range from environmental innovation to health promotion, agriculture studies to energy technology. In addition, top projects in the exhibition division (grades 3-6) are also eligible for various prizes. Total prize value is approximately $15,000 and senior students also have a chance at winning a summer job at Imperial Oil or $1,000 scholarships to the University of Ottawa and Nipissing University. In addition, to help promote the event this year, there is even a draw for Bayfest tickets for anyone helping publicize the fair through Facebook or Twitter, please visit www.lambtoncountysciencefair.ca for details. Students can register for the fair at www.lambtoncountysciencefair.ca. Registration is open until March 16th.
With few schools still able to hold their own events, the Lambton County Science Fair is a unique opportunity for students to compete against their peers within their own schools and across the county. Top students in grades 7-12 also will be able to compete at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown in May.
“The Fair is a great learning experience,” said Peter Smith, a volunteer committee member. “It’s really one that I believe prepares students well for the time that they are going to leave education and go out into the world.” Smith said the students develop a number of vital skills: research, critical thinking, project management and presentation skills.
The Fair is open to the public; community members are encouraged to attend, ask questions and become inspired by the next generation of scientific minds.
The Lambton County Science Fair, a well-established tradition, is co-coordinated by a committee of volunteers, with assistance from major sponsors LANXESS, Imperial Oil Ltd., NOVA Chemicals, Ontario Power Generation, Sci-Tech Ontario, TransAlta, BP Canada Energy Company, Suncor, Shell, and Lambton College.