Riverside County’s top young scientists are showing off their work and competing for glory at the Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair.
Competitors include 459 students from 36 public school districts, charter or private schools. They entered 365 projects in 19 categories, including biochemistry and environmental sciences, animal sciences, and robotics and intelligent machines. The most popular category for projects is the earth and environmental studies category, according to the Riverside County Office of Education.
Projects this year saw students compare artificial to natural smells, gauge the cleanliness of bathroom door handles, measure the air pollution generated by cars in fast food drive-thru lanes and create assessments for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
The fair includes three divisions, for fourth and fifth graders, juniors for sixth through eight grades and senior for high school students. Winners in the two highest divisions will advance to the California State Science and Engineering Fair in April. Three senior division students will go to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in May.
The public can attend the fair, which is free, Tuesday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St., Riverside. The awards ceremony, during which gold and silver medals and community awards will be presented, is at 6 p.m.
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