The 30th annual Kern County Science Fair will take place on March 13th at the Rabobank Convention Center. The annual event is the culmination of months of hard work for hundreds of local 4th through 12th graders who have risen through their school and district ranks for a chance to showcase their science projects and compete at the county level.

This year, the event welcomes Dr. Carl Kloock, Professor of Biology at CSU Bakersfield, as its keynote speaker. Professor Kloock earned his B. S. in Zoology and M. S. in Ecology from University of California, Davis. He received his PhD in Zoology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior from Michigan State University. Dr. Kloock has been teaching at CSUB since 2001, where he has worked with NASA’s Summer of Innovation, Camp BLAST, and CSUB’s REVSUP programs. He is also the coordinator for the Natural Science degree program. His current research focuses on the behavior of arachnids, particularly aggressive mimicry in Pirate Spiders, and the ecological functions of fluorescence in scorpions.

Dr. Kloock’s keynote address will begin at 9 a.m., before judging of student projects starts at 10 a.m. The public is invited for viewing of student projects from 1-3 p.m. Judging will concentrate on scientific thought and engineering goals, creativity, organization, completeness, clarity, effort and motivation. Students have to explain their displays, log books and hypothesis to a panel of judges.

Awards ceremonies will be held at 3 p.m. for grades 4 and 5 and at 4 p.m. for middle school and high school. First or second place finishers may be eligible to compete in the 67th annual California Science Fair to be held at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on April 23-24.

The Kern County Science Fair is administered by Kern County Superintendent of Schools with primary sponsorship provided by Aera Energy LLC. Additional sponsorship and support is offered by Chevron North America Exploration and Production, California Resources Corporation, Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center, Kern County Science Foundation, American Chemical Society – Mojave Desert Section, Plains LPG Services, Pacific Coast Section of the SEG, and Bakersfield College.

For more information, contact Merci Del Rosario KCSOS mathematics and science coordinator at 636-4640.


  • Occurred Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 @ 9:00 am


Rabobank Arena Theater and Convention Center