About 700 public, private, and home-schooled students in grades 4-12 competed in the 2018 Kentucky American Water Science Fair on Feb. 3 at host Bryan Station High School. This year’s theme was “Growing our Future, Taking Stock in Science.” The overall grade-level winners from Fayette County Public Schools were Karthika Hariprasad of Wellington Elementary, fourth grade; Owen Mickelwait of Liberty Elementary, fifth grade; Chakrapani Gudlavalleti of Winburn Middle, sixth grade; Kiera Fehr of Edythe J. Hayes Middle, seventh grade; and Rachel Seevers of Paul Laurence Dunbar, high school grades (9-12).
The 34th annual competition, which was organized by Fayette County Public Schools, showcased projects in animal sciences, behavioral and social science, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, energy and transportation, engineering, environmental science, medicine and health science, microbiology, physics and astronomy, and plant science. The Saturday event also featured a Discovery Zone with three dozen family-friendly exhibits and hands-on activities open to science fair participants and the public.
By the numbers:
- 709 – Registered students
- 661 – Science projects
- 228 – Judges
- 52 – Participating schools and organizations
- 50 – Volunteers
- 36 – Discovery Zone exhibitors
For questions, contact K-12 science instructional specialist David Helm.
Next up: The Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair is March 3 at host Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.