KENNESAW — The public is invited to check out this year’s Cobb County elementary level science fair at Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday.
The event, which showcases the county’s top projects from third- through fifth-grade students at area private schools and the Cobb and Marietta school districts, will be held at Kennesaw Mountain, 1898 Kennesaw Due West Road in Kennesaw.
The elementary school viewings will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the middle and high school viewings between 1 and 2:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“It’s not only an excellent opportunity for kids to put their science skills on display, but it’s also a great way for them to learn from each other,” said Cobb K-5 Science Supervisor Sally Creel. “Science brings students together and allows them to expand their ideas and test their theories. We’re so excited to see the high quality work and diverse projects students bring to the fair.”
For the first time, all three learning levels of science will participate in the district-wide fair together. The middle and high school fairs are held in conjunction with Paulding County.
Cobb Science Supervisor Tom Brown said, “It’s a great collaboration between the elementary, middle and high school levels, and really gets kids excited and enthused about science.”
Brown said 95 projects are entered by senior students. “Kids get the opportunity to show off their hard work and creativity ... in a science-friendly environment,” he said.
Top finishers go to the state’s science fair March 21 to 23 at the University of Georgia in Athens.
“That’s the kind of exposure we want kids at the elementary level to see — that type of growth and success at middle and high school science,” said Jennifer Gates, Cobb elementary science fair coordinator.
“It was the purpose of creating a district wide science fair for students in third- through fifth-grade. This year is even more exciting because young scientists will be able to see the work to which they can aspire at the upper grades and meet and talk with those scientists. It’s the best kind of hands-on, engaging science learning we’ve got going on in Cobb County.”