By Jennifer Macke
The 2020 Los Alamos County science fair was held on February 1st. Each year, PEEC provides small cash awards to students at the fair. In judging for these prizes, we look for projects that take inspiration from nature, particularly those that make use of local materials from nature, are conducted outdoors, or aim to improve or understand the environment. There are usually several projects with these characteristics, and we choose a few of the best for prizes. This year there were an unusually large number of Junior projects in PEEC’s interest areas, so we gave more Junior level prizes than usual, and still wished we could reward more students for their interest in nature.
We enjoy talking to students, who are often enthusiastic and have new perspectives on the natural world as a result of their research. Students, in turn, appreciate talking with adults who take an interest in their work. Judging is a positive experience for all involved, and we encourage local citizens to volunteer as science fair judges.
Here are this year’s PEEC award winners.