Worthington News

Schools gearing for first district-wide science day


A call has gone out for young scientists and adult volunteers for Worthington's first district-wide science day.

Set for March 1 at Thomas Worthington High School, the event will include a traditional science fair for all grades, the annual Invention Convention, for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and a design challenge for teams of students of all ages.

Brian Geniusz, the district's science and health curriculum leader, already has received several entries in the science fair and is seeking volunteers to judge all three competitions, as well as volunteers to help organize and run the event, he said.

In the past, some schools have held their own science fairs. Those schools will continue to do so, with their top finishers qualifying for the all-district science day.

For students whose schools do not hold science fairs, they may enter the district-wide event directly.

"We're looking to enhance and support what we already have," Geniusz said.

Top finishers in grades 5 and higher will qualify for a regional science fair.

Likewise, top finishers in the Invention Convention will move on to compete in the central Ohio Invention Convention. The competition is held each year, and Worthington students have won top awards in the past.

Students who sign up for the design challenge will be given an engineering-related task on the day of the event. They will be supplied with a set of materials and asked to use their creativity to solve a problem.

A committee still is working on the details, but Geniusz said he believes the group could come up with a task that's appropriate for all ages.

Each of the components of science day will encourage students to learn the techniques of research and design and to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills, Geniusz said.

"It will be a pinnacle of all of our learning," he said.

To sign up for the science fair, Invention Convention or design challenge or to volunteer, go to the Worthington school districts website, worthington.k12.oh.us. Hover over "Our District" and select "Worthington Science Day."