Over 380 Fayette County public, private and home-school students in grades four through 12 participated in the 37th annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington on Saturday, Feb. 12. The event included 347 projects judged by approximately 188 professionals.
A total of 124 student projects received awards with eight projects receiving special recognition from Kentucky American Water for demonstrating achievement in water science projects.
Judges evaluated the student projects according to the following categories: animal science, behavioral and social science, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, engineering, energy and transportation, environmental science, medicine and health science, microbiology, physics and astronomy and plant science.
Kentucky American Water initiated the science fair for junior high school students in 1985 as part of the company’s centennial celebration. The next year, the company joined with Fayette County Public Schools in coordinating the event. The fair has been expanded twice: first in 1989 to include elementary school science projects, and again in 1991 to include high school projects. Students who received awards at the district competition will advance to the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair to be held virtually on Feb. 25 and 26.