The La Joya ISD’s Elementary Science Department held its annual Elementary District Science Fair for each cluster group (February 5 – 9, February 19- 23, and February 26- March 2ND, 2018).

This event provided a platform for elementary students to showcase their talent in the area of science. Students first competed at their respective campus science fair in order to advance to the annual district science fair. The 1st and 2nd place for each grade level in each category (earth science, life science and physical science) advanced to district competition.

This year La Joya ISD was honored to welcome judges from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, South Texas College and community members. Students who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd place were awarded a trophy during the awards ceremony held on the Friday of each area’s District Science Fair Week.

Grand Champions were also selected for each area. “These types of events are always an opportunity to promote science at our elementary schools, “said Mr. Alejandro Carranza, Elementary Science Coordinator for La Joya ISD. The event has gradually grown in participation and looks promising for the years to come. “This once again serves as a testament of the talent that exists in La Joya ISD’s elementary schools. I have seen it grow in the last few years and look forward to see it continues to grow as we promote STEM education in our elementary schools” added Carranza.

The Elementary Science Department encourages parents to start planning with their child/children for next year’s campus and district science fair. “The level of quality of the projects that make it to district competition is, without a doubt, the best there is out there. The planning, conducting, reporting and putting everything on a display board takes a lot of planning, time and effort, therefore, I highly encourage parent to start planning with their child. It can’t get any better than learning while having fun,” Mr. Carranza stated.