The county's public schools want to make a science fair for everyone.
The first Fauquier County Regional Science and Engineering Fair starts March 22, 2014. When it does, students in public, private and home-school settings can compete with one another for recognition, said Vineeta Ribeiro, a math teacher at Warrenton Middle School.
The fair will offer prize money to its winners – up to $1,500 for first-place high school students and $600 for first-place middle school students.
Many of the county's schools already have science fairs and similar activities. Last year, Bill Davidson's engineering students invented and displayed devices for people with disabilities. This weekend, Highland School will show off its LEGO Robotics Expo.
But those fairs have been islands unto themselves, Ribeiro said. Starting next year, students interested in science, no matter their background, can go head to head with one another.
But for now, the fair needs a logo. Any K-12 student in the county can enter a logo design. Winners receive $100.
Mail submissions to Fauquier County Regional Science & Engineering Fair, c/o Vineeta Ribeiro, Warrenton Middle School, 244 Waterloo St., Warrenton VA 20186.
Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Dec. 6.
For more information, visit the science fair's website.
For an in-depth look at the science fair, read the Wednesday, Oct. 23 edition of the Fauquier Times.