More than 300 projects were entered in the 28th Annual Science Fair for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District that ran March 7-10 at the Oakdale FES Hall. Event coordinator Kathy Jenkins reported that most of the entries were from the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, there were numerous individual projects, seven class projects, and the group projects were exhibited by third through eighth graders. She coordinated the event with school district staff member Brenda Kindred.
Jenkins noted that there are 50 award-winning Oakdale science projects that are eligible to advance to the county science fair. The top awardees will be notified of their selection to represent OJUSD in the Stanislaus County Office of Education’s 2011 Science Fair on May 16-20.
A student scientist evening was held March 9 where 60 students stood by their projects and discussed how they conducted experiments and arrived at results. It is voluntary for students to present about their projects and Jenkins said that it was the largest number of student presenters they have had for the evening. There were also more than 100 parents in attendance. Students who participated were entered into drawings for science prizes such as games, CDs, and books, which took place every 15 minutes. Twelve prizes were awarded.
A Science Fair awards ceremony will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at Magnolia Elementary School auditorium and is open to the public. Approximately 100 awards will be given at the ceremony.