DIXON — The Solano County Office of Education along with the Dixon May Fair will be sponsoring a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10.
The annual competition is in its 14th year and provides an opportunity for students to apply their science education to some fun projects.
Students from Solano County middle and high schools will compete in the 14th annual Build a Bridge competition, where bridges made out of popsicle sticks are tested to failure, some withstanding more than 1,500 pounds in the past.
More than 85 middle and high school students have entered the competition. In addition to competing in bridge design, the students are judged on technical drawing, a written paper detailing their effort, and an oral presentation.
Students learn that engineering can be fun and the winning teams demonstrate excellence in both academic and social skills – design and drafting, mathematics, English and team-building skills. Awards are given to individual teams for strongest bridge, most aesthetically pleasing bridge, most efficient bridge, best craftsmanship, best technical drawing and best oral presentation.
Local middle schools will compete in a VEX robotics competition with the help of the Vanden High School Robotics Team.
VEX provides students an exciting platform for learning about areas in STEM and encourages teamwork, problem solving and leadership skills. They are supervised by high school students who are in charge of the competition at the fair.