Angeles – More than 900
of the state’s top middle and high
school students will convene for the final
round of competition in the California
State Science Fair, May 23-24, 2005 at
the California Science Center in Exposition
Park. Projects with thought-provoking titles
and highly visual displays will be on view
as young scientists present their findings
and await the results.
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 300 scientists and engineers from
private industry and higher education. Winners
will take home a combined total of $40,000 in
cash prizes provided by THE MUSES of the California
Science Center Foundation and Raytheon, and
students chosen for special recognition awards
may receive a scholarship or cash prize funded
by private organizations and corporations.
honors will go to Student of the Year (senior
division only), and the Dr. and Mrs. Arnold
O. Beckman Project of the Year (in both junior
and senior divisions). Science teachers,
nominated by middle and 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 and educators.
addition to the awards program, students
who participate in the fair gain other benefits.
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.
will take place Tuesday, May 24 from 8:30
am to 12:30 pm at the California Science
Center. The results will be announced during
the Awards Ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial
Sports Arena from 5-6:30 pm.
California Science Center is located at 700
State Drive in Exposition Park, Los Angeles.
Parking is $6 per car in the visitor lot
at Coliseum/39th and Figueroa Street. The
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is located
at 3939 South Figueroa.
/ Editor / Producer Note:
Reporters interested in viewing projects
with students on-hand for interviews should
plan to visit Tuesday, May 24 from 8:30
am to 12:30 pm only. Please check
in at the Information Desk located inside the
Science Center. After 12:30 pm, students
will be dismissed and after 3:30 pm, the projects
will be dismantled. For general information,
please visit www.californiasciencecenter.org/CSSF/.
Names of the winners will be posted on this
site May 24 after 8 p.m. Reporters may also
contact the Communications Department at (213)
744-7446 for information on winners from their
area beginning May 25.