Friday, February 17, 2006

Entries are now being sought for the North Central West Virginia Science, Energy and Engineering Fair to be held Friday and Saturday, March 3-4, at Fairmont State.

Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to enter projects in the following categories: energy, engineering, botany, zoology, chemistry and biochemistry, earth and space science, physics, math and computers; medicine, health and microbiology; and behavioral and social science. Project entries should include laboratory, field or theoretical research. Projects may be individual or team projects. Team projects are encouraged for the engineering category, and individual projects are encouraged for the other categories. The fair will have two divisions; a Junior Division (Grades 6 through 9) and a Senior Division (Grades 10-12).

The judges will be looking for creative ability, scientific thought and projects that promote engineering goals, thoroughness, skill and clarity. In the Junior Division, the judges will also be looking for dramatic value and personal involvement.

"With the push across the country for more math and science education, the Science Fair is a way for students to showcase their interest in science and math," said Dr. Dwight Harris, chairperson of the FSU Department of Computer, Mathematics and Physics.

For entry forms and/or additional information call (304) 367-4642 or e-mail dharris@fairmontstate.edu. Forms are also available via Fairmont State's web site. From the home page at www.fairmontstate.edu, click on "Academics" and from the "FSU Schools and Colleges" menu select "Science and Technology." Next, click on "Science Fair" in the right-hand corner.