COC To Host 
College of the Canyons hosts environmental science fair.
Next month the College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) will host an Environmental Science Fair featuring projects presented by elementary, junior high and high school aged students from across the Santa Clarita Valley.
Sponsored by the SDC and Whole Foods Market, Valencia, the 2008 Environmental Science Fair will take place Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college’s Valencia campus student center. The event will also include a variety of vender booths featuring “green” and earth friendly products.
“Environmental awareness has to start early. We can’t afford to wait until students come to college to begin talking about environmental issues,” said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, College of the Canyons instructor and SDC co-chair. “By raising awareness in K-12 students we have a better chance of effecting positive changes for a more balanced and environmentally sustainable future for all.”
Operating under the theme “Kids on Sustainability and Solutions,” event organizers are encouraging the submission of both individual and group projects from elementary and junior high students based on one of the following categories:
Green Building and Design
Plastics and Recycling
Daily Toxins (in food, air, cleaning products etc.)
Food, Composting and Sustainable Gardening
Clothing and Jewelry
Projects submitted by high school students should be based on “sustainable solutions for our future” and focus on what students think is the most challenging environmental issue(s) facing their generation. Projects should also explore potential solutions and alternatives to their issues of concern.
All winning College of the Canyons Environmental Science Fair projects will receive a prize ribbon and gift certificate award.
Five local schools are already scheduled to participate and event organizers are encouraging other schools to host their own environmental science fairs in the weeks leading up to this event in order to assist in the selection of student projects.
“This is truly a community event in which we get to see the creative side of our younger generation,” said Cheng-Levine. “Although not all schools will be able to participate in this year’s fair we encourage everyone to come view what our kids have to offer and explore the ways in which they see our environmental future.”
In order to have projects displayed at the event, each student involved with the project must submit a registration/release form to the college’s Sustainable Development Committee by Friday, October 10. Though students submitting projects as a group must each submit a registration/release form, all group members are not required to attend the actual event.
Projects must adhere to a maximum size of 36x48 inches. No flammable materials may be used on the day of the presentation. A very limited number of electrical outlets are available for project demonstrations that require electricity, however stations with outlets will be assigned based on the order that registration/release forms were received.
For more information about the College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee Environmental Science Fair or to register to participate please contact Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine at (661) 362-5806 or visit www.cocsdc.org.