Each April, the Gurdon Primary School gym plays host to a remarkable gathering of the school district's young scientific talent. This school year brings the 8th annual Gurdon School Science Fair.

Each April, the Gurdon Primary School gym plays host to a remarkable gathering of the school district's young scientific talent. This school year brings the 8th annual Gurdon School Science Fair.
According to Pam Runyan, coordinator of the yearly science fair, the first year netted only five participants. “We have seen this project grow tremendously over the years.” This year, there were 35 projects submitted for judging.
The science fair is part of a mission to increase interests in math and science. “We have science in every grade,” said Runyan. “We try to instill that love for science in the kids.”
The science program teams with the Dawson Education Cooperative to sponsor the fair. Students grades K-6 are invited to participate. “The students are always very excited each year,” added Runyan. “They pick their own projects and we are just on hand to help when necessary.”
The science programs within the Gurdon schools have always been very much hands on according to Rita Roe, Primary school principal. “I am very impressed with the job Mrs. Runyan has done building up our program.”
Students' projects are judged based on presentation, information and display. Each student has to answer questions from judges regarding their projects.
“That was the scariest part,” said second grader Lily Cox. “But, I knew about my project so it was ok.”
Each student was given a participation ribbon along with a certificate and 1st and 2nd place in each grade level was awarded additional ribbons.
The 1st and 2nd place students in each grade will be traveling to Arkadelphia May 14th to participate at the Dawson Co-Op Science fair. The students will be competing against schools much bigger than Gurdon such as Benton and Hot Springs.
“We always do well against those bigger schools,” said Runyan. “We will defiantly be coming home winners.”
Runyan pointed out that all the students that participate are already winners because they are learning more about the world around them and in most cases teaching others in the process.