Organizers are putting the final touches on plans and hoping that students are busy planning and preparing their projects for the 45th annual Lambton County Science Fair.
This year’s fair will be held April 13 & 14, 2018 in the gymnasium at Lambton College with prize presentations to follow at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14th in the college residence ballroom. “Following a major publicity blitz for our 40th anniversary in 2014, we virtually doubled the number of students entering projects and that level of participation has remained steady over the last four years,” said organizing team chair Stephanie Lobsinger. “So we’re hoping we can maintain that trend again this year.”
Few, if any, schools still run their own science fairs and many county fairs have also folded over the past few years. “The difference in Sarnia-Lambton is really our fantastic level of community support,” said media contact Peter Smith. “Not only do we get great financial support from our industry sponsors, but we also get 80 to 100 volunteer judges each year.”
The fair is open to all students in Grades 3 to 12, regardless of where they live or what school system they attend. Last year’s fair attracted 75 projects from over 100 students and prizes worth over $5,000 were awarded. In addition, up to five students get the opportunity to take their projects to the Canada Wide Fair, where up to 500 students from across Canada compete against each other. This year’s Canada Wide fair will be held in Ottawa. “In past years students from Lambton County have gone on to win major awards at the Canada Wide,” said Lobsinger. “We’re very proud of our students’ achievements.”
The fair is open to the public, and further details and the registration form can be found on the fair’s website www.lambtoncountysciencefair.ca. Registration closes Monday April 3rd, 2017.