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COC to host 'Environmental Science Fair'

Posted: April 30, 2010 5:37 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2010 5:44 p.m.
 
The College of the Canyons Students for Sustainability, will host the college's second Environmental Science Fair on Friday, May 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the COC student center.

The science fair is student organized and will feature displays of environmental themed projects and reports from students grades K-14 from the Santa Clarita Valley. 

"Environmental awareness has to start early," said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, Students for Sustainability advisor. "We can't afford to wait until students come to college to begin talking about environmental issues. By raising awareness in K-12 students, and carrying that through to the college students, we have a better chance of affecting positive changes for a more balanced and environmentally sustainable future for all."

The event is part of the college's ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration, and will coincide with the first day of the college's ARTstART festival.

The first Environmental Science Fair was held in October 2008, and featured more than 35 entries based on categories including transportation, "green" building and design, plastics and recycling, daily toxins, composting and sustainable gardening and organic foods.

At this year's event students will present their projects and offer descriptions of their research and experimentations to the science fair's judges, students, and visitors. In addition, Students for Sustainability will award a total of $1,000 in gift cards, for winning projects in each of the four age categories.

"This is truly a community event in which we get to see the creative side of our younger generation," Cheng-Levine said. "We encourage everyone to come view what our kids have to offer and explore the ways in which they see our environmental future."

Students for Sustainability is dedicated to promoting sustainability awareness and practices both on campus and in the community. The club works closely with the Sustainable Development Committee in activities and events that help COC students become more active and involved in environmental issues.

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