FORT MADISON — Fort Madison Middle School will host its 2018 Science Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the school.

The science fair is a culmination of five months of work by students under the guidance and instruction of their science teachers. More than 30 projects from seventh and eighth grade students will be displayed with their original research in alignment with scientific practices and standards.

Entries in a variety of categories will be rated by a panel of judges from the community. The rating and judging criteria include: the evaluation of each student's backboard display of information, written abstract, logbook and scientific notebook.

This year's Science Fair is sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems and the Elliott Test Kitchen. Since the beginning of the school year, the Elliott Test Kitchen has opened its doors to students to work on their projects and get a meal.

Axalta helped with the science fair cost as well as helped Elliott Test Kitchen accommodate 25 to 30 students on Thursdays throughout the school year. According to Erin Thurman, human resource advisor and honorary guest at the award ceremony, "Axalta is very proud to support STEM educational programs such as the Science Fair."

The 2018 FMMS Science Fair will culminate with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. Parents, students and staff members are invited to view the projects on display and recognize the students’ accomplishments and hard work.

First, second and third place students will be awarded Axalta Excellence in Science trophies and cash prices of $75, $50 and $25 accordingly. All participants will receive participation medals for their efforts and be treated to a pizza party during the event, compliments of Axalta Coating Systems. Winning students will have the opportunity to compete at the next level in March against other middle school students in area schools.