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Lawrence County Science Fair coming to Fairland Middle

PROCTORVILLE — Some of the best middle school science projects will be on display at the Lawrence County Science Fair Thursday, Feb. 5 ,at Fairland Middle School.

Approximately 150 projects by fifth through eighth-grade students in Lawrence County will be a part of the fair. The science fair is sponsored by the Lawrence County Educational Service Center and has been a part of the county since the early 1990s. It moves to different middle schools throughout the county every year.

“Judging will be done in the morning and the awards will be given out in the evening,” Julie Walters, director of Lawrence County Educational Services, said. “They come back with their parents to find out their scores.”

Students who received a superior score at their own school district’s science fairs will compete in the county science fair, although if their school did not have a science fair or they want to participate, they can, she said.

“There will be several judges from around the county and from Ohio University Southern and Marshall University,” Walters said. “Lots of professionals from the area.”

Students who receive a superior score at the county fair will move on to the district science fair at Shawnee State University in March, and if they receive a superior score there, they go to the state science fair at The Ohio State University, usually in April.

If there is a snow day on Feb. 5, the reschedule date is the day after. If the school is closed both days, it will be rescheduled for a day that works well for the school and there will be further notice.

Students arrive at the science fair between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. and judging begins at 9 a.m. The fair usually ends around 11:30 a.m. and the awards ceremony is at 7 p.m. that evening.