More than 1,000 students from 63 schools will participate Friday in the 35th annual Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
It is the county's largest regional event for science learning, and students from public schools, charter schools, private schools and home schools are among those participating.
Local students from the Meadowcreek and Norcross High clusters, in addition to the Gwinnett Online Campus, are in the competition. Those schools include:
- Norcross High School: Three students, three projects
- Pinckneyville Middle School: Two students, two projects
- Norcross Elementary School: Eight students, eight projects
- Simpson Elementary School: Six students, six projects
- Meadowcreek High School: Three students, three projects
- Radloff Middle School: Two students, two projects
- Hopkins Elementary School: Five students, five projects
Gwinnett Charter School:
- Gwinnett Online Campus: 11 students, 11 projects
The fair takes place Friday, Feb. 22, at Gwinnett Center, located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Visitors may attend the open house, which begins at 4:00 p.m. The awards ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m.
The theme this year is "Motivating the Next Generation of Science and Engineering Leaders—from Classroom to Career."
Jonathon Wetherington, director of science at Gwinnett County Public Schools, said the fair allows students to explore the world of science by seeing how it affects culture and economy.
"To be successful, students have to apply critical and creative thinking to develop their research, and then they have to be able to communicate their ideas, thought processes, and results effectively," he said.
"For students, this process allows them to gauge their proficiency against their peers, demonstrating their readiness for college and careers," Wetherington added. "The real-world nature of the experience truly prepares students to discover not only a little bit about science and engineering, but a great deal about how they are being prepared for a bright future."
The fair features student scientific work during the “Distinguished Research Symposium,” scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All of the projects earned first place at their local school's science fair and advanced to the districtwide event.
At the regional fair, the projects will be judged by Georgia professionals and scientists for scientific quality, accuracy, creativity, and experimental design.
Students from Parkview High, Collins Hill High, Duluth High, and the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology will present their original research as part of the symposium.
In addition to the fair's aforementioned science projects and presentations, industry professionals will be available to talk with students about future career opportunities in science and engineering at the Career Expo.
Presenters include organizations from: American Chemical Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Gwinnett County Crime Scene Investigations, Gwinnett Medical Center, Jackson EMC, UPS, among many others.