Have fun with science

Registration is now open for the 2013 East Kootenay Regional Science Fair, coming to the College of the Rockies in March

Hey, kids: it’s time to enrol in this year’s East Kootenay Regional Science Fair, which will be held on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at the College of the Rockies.

The theme of the 2013 Science Fair is “water cooperation”, says organizer Anita Savage.

“It’s not just the science of water; it’s also about cooperation because of the deficiencies of water – long and short term solutions to water management,” said Savage, adding that the theme was chosen to reflect the United Nations’ International Year of Water Cooperation.

Students in all grades can register for the science fair at www.ekrsf.ca, where you can also find helpful tools to plan out your project.

“The website is a great resource for anyone wanting to do a project,” said Savage, who said there is a six-week schedule to spread out the project work between now and the fair.

This year, the competitive fair for Grades 6-12 will be held on Friday, March 1. Older students will compete for a chance to go to the national science fair in Lethbridge, Alberta, in May.

The non-competitive fair, for Grades K-5, will be held on Saturday, March 2. This gives parents more opportunities to come to the fair and see their child’s hard work on display.

“We welcome visitors and hope people come and support the students of our area,” said Savage.

Entrance to the science fair costs $15 each.

The fair will be held in conjunction with the College of the Rockies Regional SkillsBC competition on March 1.

College students will compete in welding, carpentry, cabinet making and automotive service. The public is invited to view the competition at the same time as the Science Fair.

Savage said organizers are also hoping that having part of the fair on a Saturday will make it easier to drum up volunteers. The fair needs volunteer judges for both days, as well as general volunteers. You can stand in for intervals as short as two hours, up to all day.

To register as a volunteer, please call Anita Savage at 250-420-7287.

The major sponsors of the East Kootenay Regional Science Fair are BC Hydro, School District 5, Teck, and College of the Rockies.