Some bright young minds in the community will come together for The Stephens County Area Science Fair Saturday and Sunday at the Red River Technology Center, 3300 W. Bois D’Arc Ave.

The fair is open to fifth through twelfth grade students in Stephens County and surrounding communities.

Projects meeting the criteria for entry should be experimental in nature, not just a demonstration, and original with an objective/hypothesis being clearly stated, experimental design demonstrating understanding of scientific method and experimental variables clearly recognized and defined.

The science projects will be judged on the students’ technical understanding of the project, effort, creativity and presentation.

Students will check their projects in from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the RRTC Health Careers Center. The projects will be judged from 6 to 9 p.m. on the same day.

During the judging, RRTC will feature demonstrations in three of its STEM programs, including electronics technology, the Biomedical Science Academy and the Pre-Engineering Academy. The demonstrations are open to those attending the project judging.

The awards

ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Health Careers Science Center at RRTC with three projects being awarded in each grade category along with special awards for most innovative project and best project presentation for each age group.

Cash awards of $50, $75 and $100 will go to the top three finishers with best presentation and best project being awarded with $100. There will also be nine other project award categories with prizes ranging from $100 to $200.

Last year’s overall winner and recipient of the Nottingham award was then Empire High School senior Ryley Dumas. Dumas’ project was entitled “Parous Mouse: A Comparison of the Uterine Nodular and Inter-Nodular Areas.”

While the fair is only days away, there’s still time to register a project.

All projects must be registered online today.

When registering a joint project, each student must still register individually and both students must use the same project title during registration.

Projects can be registered by visiting the Red River Technology Center website.

The Stephens County Area Science Fair is sponsored by the Duncan Optimists Club and Halliburton with financial support form many other local companies.