The District Nine Science Day took place at the new Zane State Science and Technology building on Saturday.
More than a hundred students in grades five through 12 competed in the competition. Six counties were represented including Monroe, Washington, Coshoction, Noble, Guernsey and Muskingum. The children’s projects were judged on a variety of aspects.
"They are judged on a couple of different things. They are judged on the scientific method first and foremost so they take their experiment and did they do it the right number of times, do they understand what the statistic mean that they put up on their board? They have to understand the project and the science, " said Zane State Instructor, Elizabeth Klein.
Students were also judged on their verbal and written representation of materials. Kline says competing gives the children a head start on their future aspirations.
" I think it’s important because when you see other kids that are doing it you think I am not the only one that likes science there are other people too and hey this is really cool and to be able to come into the college setting, it starts to make the kids feel comfortable and say you know what this is something I can do too," said Kline.
Select students who receive a superior score in Saturday’s competition will be eligible for the state competition at the Ohio State University campus in May. They will also be eligible for scholarship funds.