Chester, NJ’s Science Fair is one of the states largest. It provides a competitive opportunity for K-8th graders, make-your-own CO2-propelled race cars, as well as exhibits of birds, snakes, police technology etc.
Participants from public and private schools range in age from kindergarteners through 8th graders. In 2019, a total of 393 Chester area students presented 277 projects. Awards include both ribbons and cash prizes. This community event, now in its 39th year, has encouraged generations of students to choose STEM fields.
Assemblyman Tony Bucco, son of Senator Anthony Bucco, both of the 25th legislative district, was present along with local mayors, county officials and school system superintendents. Liberty Science Center (located near the Statue of Liberty park in Essex County) is a sponsor and participant.
Black River Middle School hosts the event. Every classroom and area is put to use. Maps were provided so one could sort between simultaneous exhibits. In addition to the carbon-dioxide-propelled drag racing and animal close encounters were exhibits of Marine Mammals, the Morris County Bomb Squad Robot, Organic Chemistry Modeling and Circuit Design, Food Science, Beekeeping, Mosquito and Bugs for a total of 19 exhibits.