In 2016, the Oak Ridge Sunset Rotary Club expanded its annual Da Vinci Arts and Science Fair to include middle school grades. The middle school fair is being held today (Saturday, January 30) at the New Hope Center in Oak Ridge.
Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in the New Hope Center auditorium at the Y-12 National Security Complex at 3 p.m. Saturday. That will be preceded by an afternoon open house with all entries will be available for viewing. All participants, parents, teachers, and the public are invited to attend.
The middle school grades arts and science fair provides a gateway for students to participate in other regional science fairs. Science project winners in grades 6-8 will qualify to participate in the Junior Division of the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Knoxville April 4-7.
The arts also play an important role in giving children a well-rounded education and that an art element should be added to the existing science fair project, a press release said. Da Vinci wrote: “Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” The Da Vinci Fair provides a platform to demonstrate the relationship between the arts and sciences and a venue for students to display both science experiments and art work, the press release said.
“We thank all who have provided their outstanding support the fair from the business and the scientific community,” Club President Roger Petrie said. “We also appreciate the work of science and art teachers in the area for their participation.”
Complete information about both fairs and registration forms for the middle school fair are available on the website www.davincifair.org.
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