Nearly 300 students from pre-school through 12th grade displayed their projects during the annual District-Wide Science Fair held last Saturday for the first time at the Hesperia Unified School District's Annex Building.


"It was perfect," said district science fair coordinator Kathy Miller. "It was more like a science fair here."


Previously the fair was held in a local high school gymnasium.


Miller also added that 76 more students participated in the district event than last year.


Altogether, 293 students earned the right to show their science projects at the district event after their projects were given good marks each school site. As many as 8,000 district students showed their science projects at their schools.


"It's a good indication of the importance we have on science in the district," said one teacher.


According to teacher Tina Walker Simmons, all district-wide trophy winners in grades 4 through 12 will take their projects to the county science fair on April 5 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. Students in the 6th through 12th grades will be interviewed by judges.


Last year all participants from Hesperia placed at the county event.


First place finishers at the county competition will go on to the State Science Fair in Los Angeles on May 2-3.