It's that time again! The 58th Annual North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair is taking place today through Friday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The fair is coordinated and hosted by the College of Engineering at UAH. This will be my third year to serve as a judge in the behavorial and social sciences category. I really enjoy this task. I get to see some interesting science fair projects and talk to kids with great creativity and problem-solving skills. It is amazing to see some of the things the kids come up with, the amount of research and work they put into them, and the neat ways that the projects are displayed.
Here is a bit of official information concerning NARSEF.
58th North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair
March 7-8, 2012, University Fitness Center
Awards Ceremony March 9, University Center Exhibit Hall
Students in grades 5 – 12 in public and private (including home) schools from Colbert, Cullman, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan Counties in North Alabama are eligible to participate in the North Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fairs (NARSEF).
While the Fair is a three-day event (see attached agenda), judges are involved only on the second day – Thursday, March 8.
Judges will be assigned into teams of 3/5/7 judges per team. Each judging team will be responsible for judging a category and age group. For example, Botany 9-12 grades, Engineering 7-8 grades, etc. Some teams will be assigned to judge a “Special Award” which is donated by a company or organization (past Special Awards include Toyota, US Navy, Scientific American, to name only a few).
Judging is composed of two parts: interviews and review. During the interviews, each student stands by his or her project and is available to explain the project and answer questions. The judging team interviews each student within the category/age group the team is assigned. Every student must be interviewed by at least one judge.
After the interviews are complete, the Fair is closed to the public from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. During this time, judges can and are encouraged to return to the Fair and review the projects they are judging. The judging team then discusses the projects and come up with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, as well as honorable mentions (if applicable), by 4:30pm.
It should be an interesting day. Hmm...I wonder how many of the elementary kids will have experiments on how to build a better trebuchet this year...
In other news, spring seems to be getting well under way here in the Huntsville area. The Bradford pear trees are blooming and that means that my allergies are acting up. Time for Zyrtec or Allegra, I suppose. We've had a bit of stormy weather with tornadoes already. Of course, this has made national news because of the damage that occurred. Thanks to all of you who have inquired about our safety. Unfortunately, we might have another round by the end of the week. There's more warm weather followed by a cold front, so the weather service will be busy keeping an eye out for severe weather. I suppose we'll just keep the TV and weather radios on and be prepared.
FROM THE PRINCESS ...
3 years ago