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Dent Students Earn Honors At Science, Engineering Fair

The San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) announced the winners of the 60th Annual San Joaquin County Science and Engineering Fair on Thursday, March 1 at the Community Science Night and Awards Ceremony. Several Dent Elementary students were among the honorees.

Judges spent two days reviewing 288 individual, group, and whole-class projects submitted by more than 675 K-12 students in the county. On the fourth day 23 selected students were interviewed by judges to determine the winners. In all, 22 schools from nine school districts, three private schools, and two charter school participated in the fair.

The last day of the fair included project viewing and a presentation from the World of Wonders science museum. The awards ceremony concluded the evening.

In the Kindergarten through second grade category, local winners included:

First Place Science: Hadley Casazza, “Sprouting Lima Beans with Magnets”; Dent Elementary School, Escalon Unified School District.

Second Place: Vivienne Harp, “Pumpkin Seeds”; Dent Elementary School, Escalon Unified School District.

Third through fifth grade:

Second Place Engineering: Genevieve Casazza, “Preventing a Water Rocket from Nosediving”; Dent Elementary School, Escalon Unified School District.

Volunteer judges evaluated projects and determined award winners. This year, 30 professionals from the community helped judge the projects and conduct interviews.

The SJCOE’s STEM Programs department seeks to promote science and engineering exploration and understanding for students. Each year, the SJCOE awards thousands of dollars to students and teachers who exhibit and articulate superior levels of understanding in the areas of science and engineering.

The Stockton Symphony donated tickets to the top contenders. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory donated cash prizes. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific donated Galileoscopes. Additionally, cash prizes were awarded to top contenders from the San Joaquin County Office of Education Educational Foundation.

San Joaquin County Office of Education provides educational leadership, resources, and services to support schools throughout the county.