Lancaster – Students from Perry, Fairfield, Licking, and Pickaway counties will be taking part in the District 8 Science Fair at Ohio University Lancaster this Saturday. The students will present original scientific research following the rules and regulations of the Ohio Academy of Science in the Brasee Hall gym.
“This science fair is a step up from local science fairs, typically held in schools, to the State Science Day held in May,” said Ohio University Lancaster Associate Professor of Physics Sandy Doty. “At the District 8 Science Day, students present posters on original science research conducted by the participant either as an individual or as part of a team.”
Participants are in grades 5 through 8. Science Day provides a unique opportunity for participants to explore a question of their own making. Students define the question, create the experiment, analyze the results and present them to a qualified judge.
“Research is judged on a 0- 40 point scale by scientists from industry and academia using an objective set of guidelines created by the Ohio Academy of Science which include presentation skill, originality and creativity, use of the scientific method and knowledge gained,” said Doty. “These criteria have also been identified as key 21st century skills and thus Science Day has been recognized as a key event in laying the foundation for those who might be interested in pursuing STEM careers.”
STEM Careers are those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These fields are growing and need talented and educated professionals. State leaders also think it is crucial to have people trained in STEM careers to grow Ohio’s economy. Technology jobs are the future. If the state doesn’t have a trained workforce, it cannot compete.
District 8 Science Day participants receiving a sufficiently superior rank progress to the State competition in Columbus. Posters will be open for public viewing from 12 – 2 p.m.