ANGELES - The state’s top middle and
senior high school students will participate in
the final round of competition in the California
State Science Fair, May 19-20, 2003 at the California
Science Center in Los Angeles. 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.
participants are students from around the state
that have met the criteria of qualifying at
the regional or county level before advancing
to the State Science Fair. The projects span
19 categories – from aerodynamics 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
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.
the recognition and prize money are the equally
valuable, intangible benefits for students who
participate in the fair. The process helps develop
a unique set of abilities that can be applied
in other areas of life, such as knowing how
to use scientific methodology to solve a problem,
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 19 from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free.
Ahmed H. Zewail, Linus Pauling Chair Professor
of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, and the
Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Sciences
at the California Institute of Technology in
Pasadena, California, will be the keynote speaker
during Opening Ceremonies Monday May 19 at 5
p.m. Dr. Zewail received the 1999 Nobel Prize
in Chemistry for his work in the development
of a new field, femtoscience, making it possible
to observe the movement of the individual atoms
in a femtosecond. The fair culminates with an
awards ceremony Tuesday, May 20 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 Street.
/ Editor / Producer Note:
Reporters interested in viewing projects with
students on-hand for interviews should plan
to visit Tuesday, May 20 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. Reporters may
also attend the Opening Ceremony on Monday,
May 19 at 5 p.m. For general information on
the California State Science Fair, please visit
Names of the winners will be posted on this
site May 20 after 8 p.m. Reporters may also
contact the Communications Department at (213)
744-7446 for information on winners from their
area beginning May 21.