The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Office of Education:
The 37th Annual Mendocino County Science and Engineering Fair & S.T.E.A.M Expo is calling all families and science enthusiasts to come together for a day of fun and learning. The event aims to showcase and reward the achievements of 3rd through 12th grade Mendocino County student scientists, promoting and encouraging their interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M).
Taking place on March 18th from 10 AM until 3 PM at Mendocino College, admission is free for all. This year’s Science and Engineering Fair has expanded to include a S.T.E.A.M. Expo, centered on the theme of “Mendocino Resilience.” Visitors will enjoy a student art gallery, participate in hands-on activities for all ages, and explore informational booths from educators, students, and community organizations.
Mendocino County Superintendent of Schools Nicole Glentzer said, “As a parent, I’m always looking for fun activities to do with my children, and the Science Fair’s S.T.E.A.M. Expo is the perfect activity for families to enjoy together. Families can come and take part in games and interactive activities and see amazing student work on display.”
Student projects will be judged during the Fair, culminating in an awards ceremony at 4:00 PM. This ceremony will announce Mendocino County students who qualify to advance to the 72nd California Science & Engineering Fair, held virtually on April 11th.
MCOE Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services, Kim Kern, emphasized the importance of the event, saying, “This Fair is such an exciting and inspiring annual event. Opportunities for students to practice and share problem-solving and inquiry-based learning are incredibly valuable. Science and engineering are portals to the future.”
The Science and Engineering Fair & S.T.E.A.M. Expo is made possible through the support of Mendocino College and the Mendocino County education community, community organizations, and businesses who recognize the importance of promoting science education and opportunities for students.
“Mendocino College faculty and staff are excited to host the MCOE Science Fair. We believe introducing kids to STEAM programs early, and welcoming them to the college campus, opens doors for them to pursue a future in the sciences,” said Rebecca Montes, Dean of Instruction at Mendocino College. “We hope to see them back on campus as Mendo students in a few years!”
For more information about the event, please visit the Mendocino County Office of Education’s event website: https://bit.ly/mendoscifair2023.