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The APS science program helps all APS students gain the scientific knowledge and skills to become part of a productive global work force of problem solvers and innovators.

The APS Science Program

  • Ensures implementation of the science standards defined by the through the development of curriculum and selection of instructional resources.
  • Develops and facilitates learning opportunities for teachers and staff.
  • Supports teachers through mentoring, lesson modeling, and observations to ensure best practices for science instruction.
  • Supports the schools in their facilitation and implementation of their fairs or expos and organizes, hosts, and runs the Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Schedules and facilitates trips to the Planetarium and oversees day-to-day operation.
  • Supports sustainability education and oversees the school-based sustainability liaisons.

Local Science Fairs

All APS secondary schools host annual local science fairs. ?These fairs provide students with the opportunity to engage in independent science research and to communicate their results to teachers, peers, and judges. ?Our students receive valuable feedback on their scientific investigation and communication skills and top projects from the school-based fairs are invited to present their research at the Northern Virginia Regional Science & Engineering Fair. These experiences would not be possible without the help of volunteer judges. ?Please consider volunteering as a judge at one of our school fairs.?

Regional Science Fair

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2024 Northern Virginia Regional Science & Engineering Fair

March 2, 2024

The Northern Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held in-person at Wakefield High School on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

Additional fair documents:

  • Abstract Booklet: These are as students entered them in online registration. There is a 250 word limit. Entries exceeding 250 words were reduced to fit the limit.

Previous fair information:

  • Abstracts are as entered by the students. They are organized by subject category, grade, and project number. Team projects are listed after the individual projects for each grade level.
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Category Awards Category Awards Category Awards Category Awards Category Awards
Society Awards Society Awards Society Awards Society Awards Society Awards


If you are interested in determining 1st through Honorable Mention within a category and who is nominated for state and international fair, let us know you would like to serve as a Category Judge (closed for this year’s fair).

If your society would like to be a part of a large group of organizations who support the regional fair by judging and awarding prizes to students based on your organization’s criteria, let us know by .

Science Resources

Environmental Literacy

The David M. Brown Planetarium is now open for APS student field trips. Public events are offered through the Friends of the Planetarium.

Visit the Planetarium


Science Office

Syphax Education Center
2110 Washington Boulevard
鶹, Virginia 22204

X: @APSscience

Dr. Dat Le
Science Supervisor

Michele Lombard
Science Specialist

Jennifer Powell
Science Specialist

Christine Reid
Administrative Assistant