SCIENCE FAIR CANCELLED
COVID-19 Science Fair Update March 13, 2020
The Ventura County Office of Education’s top priority is the safety and health of our students, advisors, volunteers, and families. With that in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Ventura County Science Fair. We will provide a $15 per/student refund.
The Ventura County Office of Education has been closely monitoring recommendations and issuances from federal, state and local health agencies (including the Ventura County and CA Dept. of Public Health) regarding Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). In the coming days, we anticipate guidance from federal, state and local health agencies to urge stronger restrictions for gatherings and recommend additional social distancing.
In addition, the Ventura County Science Fair host site, California Lutheran University, has canceled all events with an expected attendance of more than 100 people and is encouraging the cancelation of smaller events as well.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of this difficult decision.
With categories from Animal Sciences to Physics, the science fair is designed to promote, encourage, showcase and reward the achievements of our students in the various fields of science.
By developing skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, students are laying the groundwork for their future success.
Spreading the excitement of science is a cooperative education effort. Without the help and support of our sponsors, volunteers, parents, and teachers, this worthwhile event would not be such a great success.
The Science Fair brings together students, teachers, and scientists from around the county to: Develop in students an awareness of the importance of science in their lives and to cultivate students’ interest in science; Support students’ acquisition of scientific knowledge and research skills; Extend and reinforce the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools; Recognize and reward outstanding achievement in science; and Motivate students to undertake and complete scientific inquiries in their special areas of interest.
Each year thousands of Ventura County student’s, in grades 6-12, complete science research projects at their schools, and nearly 600 of those students earn the right to compete at the Ventura County Science Fair. Approximately 50 of our top students are invited to the State Science Fair to compete with their peers from across California where many of our past students have placed in the top three for their category and some have been awarded Project of the Year. Approximately 200 science, engineering, and industry professionals from throughout Ventura County volunteer their time to serve as judges for the Science Fair.