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Girl Scout planning science fair Feb. 23

Oct 18, 2012

Girl Scout and Fairfield High School senior Kaitlyn Daugherty is organizing a Jefferson County science fair to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award that can be earned in Girl Scouting.

“I decided to organize a science fair for my project because I think it is important for students to do some learning on their own,” said Daugherty. “I enjoy learning about science, and I would like all students to have the opportunity to discover science.”

According to Daugherty, science fairs encourage scientific thinking and problem-solving. They force participants to improvise when a procedure doesn’t work out as planned, develop confidence while presenting findings and develop math, reading and problem-solving skills while interpreting data, doing background research and experimenting. They give students the opportunity to learn about something interesting and meet other people with the same interests.

Daugherty said participation in a science fair will strengthen a college application, and in addition, participants in the science fair will have the chance to win prizes.

The science fair will be held Feb. 23 in the Fairfield Middle School Cafetorium.

Fairfield, Pekin, and Maharishi School students in grades sixth through 12th are eligible to participate. Students can enter individually or with a group. Students will be placed in one of four judging groups: 6-8 individual; 6-8 group; 9-12 individual; or 9-12 group.

Students will need to be present at 8 a.m. Feb. 23 to set up their projects.

Projects will be judged from about 9 a.m. to noon. Students will have an assigned judging time of five to 10 minutes; they will be required to be with their project during judging.

The science fair will be open to parents and the public from 1-3 p.m. Awards will be given around 2 p.m.

“I’m not sure what prizes I will have yet,” said Daugherty. “I am going to be asking for donations of money or material items. When I get items, I will list them on my website.”

For information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/fairfieldsfuture.org/jefferson-county-science-fair or contact Daugherty at daugheka@fairfieldsfuture.org or 470-1495.


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