Budding Einsteins across Galveston County are putting the finishing touches on their science fair projects.
This is the 52nd year a science fair will be staged in the Clear Creek school district. The event has evolved, and a major change was made this year.
“In the past, doing a project that could be entered into science fair was a requirement for the pre-AP classes in grades 6 through 11,” CCISD secondary science coordinator Terri Berry said. “This year, we have pulled that requirement, so it is totally by choice. But we still have some outstanding projects that are coming in.
“We see their proposals ahead of time, and I read all of the high school proposals, and we have some absolutely top-notch outstanding projects that are going to be coming through the district fair this year.”
The change gives students a chance to pursue their own interests in their experiments.
“We’re excited by this change because our district’s goal has been on customization versus standardization,” elementary science coordinator Anne Smith said. “When you standardize and require, it becomes somewhat rote, where this allows the students great flexibility to pursue science fair experiments as their passion.”
The projects submitted are often quite impressive.
“We have some brilliant kids in our district,” Berry said. “When they find their passion in a subject they are interested in, they give us their all. Kids are so much better at thinking outside the box than we are. We see kids spend hours on video games. When they find a science subject they are interested in, they will spend the same amount of time on that.”
Each year, about 200 judges are needed for the science fair and CCISD is actively recruiting officials for the 2013 edition.
First-time judges do not have to worry about being left to their own devices.
“They are not alone,” Smith said. “They work with a team and they collaborate.”
There are also a lot of old hands that can help the newbies.
“We have people who have judged for us since the early 1990s because they love it so much,” Smith said.
The district’s two science fairs will be at the Education Village, 4380 Village Way, League City, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The secondary fair will be staged at Bayside Intermediate, while Clear Falls High School will host the elementary fair.
“When they opened the Education Village we said it was perfectly designed for science fair,” Debbie Phillips, executive director of curriculum and instruction, said. “We used to have the fairs at two different campuses, now that we have the village we can have them at the same place. It really has helped parents because they don’t have to go between campuses.”
For more information on judging the CCISD science fair, call 281-284-0089 or email Terri Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming science fairs
Districtwide science fair for grades 4-12 will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Education Village, 4380 Village Way, League City.
Judging is set for Monday.
Junior high science fair will be Friday, with public viewing of projects from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at McAdams Junior High School. High school projects will be judged Jan. 16-18.
Elementary science fairs will be held on individual campuses the week of Feb. 10.
Science fair for high school students will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at Friendswood High School, 702 Greenbriar, Friendswood.
Ball High science fair will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Austin Elementary fifth-grade science fair will be Jan. 23.
Science Fair for grades 1-6 will be 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at La Marque High School, 397 Duroux.
Science fair for grades 3-6 will be Jan. 21 at Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, 2010 5th Avenue North, Texas City.
For judging information, contact Brenda Caro at 409-916-0509 or email@example.com.