North Central WV Science Fair to Take Place March 12-13

Thursday, February 18, 2010

To allow students more time to work on their projects, the North Central West Virginia Science, Energy and Engineering Fair originally planned for Feb. 19 and 20 at Fairmont State University has been postponed until March 12 and 13.

Students in grades six through 12 are eligible to enter. Last year, there were 100 participants from four counties. There are nine categories for the entries. Projects must be in one of the following areas: Energy; Engineering; Botany; Zoology; Chemistry & Biochemistry; Earth & Space Science; Physics, Math & Computers; Medicine, Health & Microbiology; Behavioral & Social Sciences.

There are two divisions: Junior Division (grades 6-9) and Senior Division (grades 10-12).  Awards will be given to the winners in each category in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. Whether or not an award is given for a particular category is at the discretion of the judges. 

Projects can be individual or team. For the Engineering category, team projects are encouraged, while for the other categories individual projects are encouraged. The judges are looking for creative ability, scientific thought/engineering goals, thoroughness, skill and clarity. For the Junior Division, the judges will also be looking at dramatic value and personal involvement.

Set-up will take place on March 12, between 2 and 5 p.m. The projects will be available for public viewing between 5:30 - 7:15 p.m. on March 13. Judging will take place on March 13, between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

For additional information, interested individuals can visit http://www.fairmontstate.edu/academics/ScienceFair/default.asp.  For more information, contact (304) 367-4246 or scitech@fairmontstate.edu.