For the first time in several years, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, our local daily newspaper, sent a reporter to the County Science Fair: Kids across Santa Cruz County compete in science fair. I hope this represents a trend, and that the Sentinel is increasing their coverage of education and of science, but I suspect it is more likely a reporter who volunteered, and that no editorial shift has happened at the Sentinel.
The article is a bit thin on content, but has a couple of tidbits in it: about 350 projects, and for the first time there was a project from Watsonville High. They did get confused about the divisions though: the Santa Cruz County Science Fair has 4 divisions (K–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12), not just 2, though there are no prizes for the K–3 division, and only 6–8 and 9–12 can go on to state. Most of the “monetary awards” are for the 9–12 “senior” division, which has the fewest entrants.
The Register Pajaronian also had an article, Students shine at county science fair, which has more summary statistics:
- 457 students
- 55 different schools
- 351 projects
- 16 categories
- 124 judges
but the rest of the article was behind a pay wall, so I didn’t read it.
I wonder whether either paper will report on the awards ceremony next Monday.