This year's fair, taking place March 24-28, has 249 students from grades 7-12 attending schools in Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Sunol and Livermore. Some students work in teams, and a total of 180 projects will be presented.
Each year the fair motivates students to apply creativity and critical thought to the solution of science, engineering and math problems; encourages the exchange of knowledge and ideas; and recognizes student achievement. Science projects are judged on criteria that represent standards of research held by the scientific community. Local scientists and engineers serve as judges, with more than 80 from the Lab.
Categories cover a wide spectrum of science and include: behavioral and bioscience, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth and space science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, physics and zoology.
Judging will take place Wednesday morning, March 25, with an awards ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening. The public may view the student projects at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave., Livermore, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 26; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, March 27; and 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 28. There is no charge for admission.
The fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest pre-college celebration of science, held annually in May. The Intel ISEF brings together about 1,400 students from more than 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips, and the grand prize: a $50,000 college scholarship.
Each year Senior Division (9-12th grade) Sweepstakes winners of the Tri-Valley fair have gone on to win top honors at Intel ISEF. This year, Intel ISEF will be presented by Agilent Technologies May 10-15 in Reno, Nev.
The Junior Division winners are eligible to compete at the California State Science Fair.
For more information, visit tvsef.llnl.gov/
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.