ANGELES - More than 900 of the state's top middle
and senior high school students will convene for
the final round of competition in the California
State Science Fair, May 20-21, 2002 at the California
Science Center in Exposition Park. Winners will
take home a combined total of $40,000 in cash prizes
provided by THE MUSES and Los Angeles Rotary Club,
co-sponsors of the event.
from around the state must first qualify at the
regional or county level before advancing to the
State Science Fair. The projects span 19 categories
- from aerodynamics/hydrodynamics to zoology -
and will be judged by a volunteer pool of over
350 scientists and engineers from private industry
and higher education. In addition to the winners
in each category, top honors will go to Student
of the Year (senior only), and Project of the
Year (in both junior and senior high divisions).
Science teachers, nominated by junior and senior
high school students, will also compete for Science
Teacher of the Year. The selection is determined
by a panel representing the California Science
Teachers Association, the California Science Center,
THE MUSES, the Los Angeles Rotary Club and educators.
for projects often come from real-life experiences.
Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers: Hype or Help?,
and Echinacea: Myth or Miracle?, project titles
in this year's competition, all reinforce the
notion that science really is a part of everyday
life. In addition to the recognition and prize
money, participating in the fair has side benefits
for students. The process gives them the opportunity
to develop a unique set of abilities, such as
using scientific methodology to reach a conclusion,
marketing techniques to create clever project
titles and eye-catching graphic displays, and
interviewing skills to explain their research
to Science Fair judges.
public is invited to see this year's projects
during the public viewing period on Monday, May
20 from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free.
Louis Ignarro, professor of Molecular & Medical
Pharmacology at the University of California,
Los Angeles, will share his experiences and inspire
the young scientists with the keynote address
during Opening Ceremonies May 20 at 5 p.m. Dr.
Ignarro received the Nobel Prize in Physiology
or Medicine in 1998 for his contributions to the
discovery of nitric oxide as a signalling molecule
in the cardiovascular system. The fair culminates
with an awards ceremony Tuesday, May 21 at 5 p.m.
in the Science Fair tent next to the Science Center.
California Science Center is located at 700 State
Drive in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. Parking
is $6 per car in the visitor lot at 39th and Figueroa
/ Editor / Producer Note:
Reporters interested in viewing projects with
students on-hand for interviews should plan to
visit Tuesday, May 21 from 8:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. Please check in at the Information
Desk inside the Science Center. After 12:30 p.m.,
students will be dismissed and after 3:30 p.m.,
the projects will be dismantled. For general information
on the California State Science Fair, please visit
Names of the winners will be posted on this site
May 21 after 8 p.m. Reporters may also contact
the Communications Department at (213) 744-7446
for information on winners from their area beginning