Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair
Representatives from 11 water, wastewater and recycled water agencies recently joined forces for the annual Contra Costa County Science & Engineering Fair at Los Medanos College March 14-16, 2019.
This marked the seventh year for the Excellence in Water, Wastewater and Recycled Water Research award category that recognizes outstanding student projects in the disciplines of water. The supporting agencies included Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, Contra Costa Water District, Delta Diablo, Dublin San Ramon Services District, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Golden State Water Company, Ironhouse Sanitary District, Mt. View Sanitary District, the City of Pittsburg, Rodeo Sanitary District and the West County Wastewater District.
Fifteen representatives from the supporting agencies spent the day reviewing the nearly 20 water-specific awards sprinkled throughout the more than 125 science projects on hand. After copious amounts of deliberations about each of the projects, the theories behind them, the viability of their applicability, and much more, the judges then had the opportunity to interview the students. During the interview portions of the day, students had the chance to present their projects to the judges and share the lessons learned throughout the process.
Armed with a slew of information, the judges then sat around a giant table and deliberated on the best projects of the day, ultimately scoring, ranking and awarding the top three projects in the senior class for high school students, and the top two in the junior class for junior-high students. Beyond selecting the top projects as a group, the judges also decided how to split the monetary awards for each of the winners—it’s no small task, as the judging, scoring and decision making is serious business!
On Saturday, Director Ernie Avila then presented the awards to the winning students in the Excellence in Water, Wastewater and Recycled Water Research award category to a crowd of over 200 students, family members and educators. After addressing the crowd on the importance of STEAM education, work-readiness competencies, and the District’s support for these events, Director Avila called each student winner up on stage to accept their award and to take a photo. View project placements and special awards (PDF).
Each year the District is amazed at the level of work the students create, as these forward-thinking students continue to push the envelope of innovation and technology—the future is indeed, bright!