The end of the academic year is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and faculty of Fairmont State University.
The West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair will take place on Saturday, March 23, at Fairmont State University.
Students in grades nine through 12 are eligible to enter. Last year, there were 66 participants from 16 high schools. There are 13 categories for the entries. Projects must be in one of the following areas: Behavioral & Social Science; Botany; Computer Science; Engineering; Mathematics; Microbiology; Zoology; Biochemistry; Chemistry; Earth & Space Science; Environmental Sciences; Medicine & Health; Physics.
What began as a hobby for Don Trisel, a professor of biology at Fairmont State University, and his wife Kim has become much more over the years.
About 10 years ago, the Trisels purchased a piece of land behind their home in Farmington.
“It was all forest,” Trisel said. “We had some beekeeper friends at church, and I suggested that they come out and put some hives on our property and take advantage of that resource.”
Instead, the Trisels’ friends made another suggestion.
After a full day of competition on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Fairmont State University, hundreds of middle school students on 54 teams were named winners in 10 categories during the West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League Senior Solutions Challenge State Championship. The winners' names and competition details are online.
They navigated painstakingly programmed LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robots through a maze of missions and obstacles. They gave well-honed science presentations to dedicated volunteer judges. They offered solutions to challenges facing senior citizens using elaborate exhibits. They demonstrated what teamwork and professionalism look like.
The City of Fairmont, the Urban Renewal Authority, Marion County and Fairmont State University are collaborating on student competition that will yield design ideas for the redevelopment of the block around the Masonic Temple building in historic downtown Fairmont.
The Fairmont State University College of Science and Technology will host the West Virginia FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) tournament on Saturday, Dec. 8.
An international robotics program in partnership with LEGO®, the FLL is part of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) organization, an international nonprofit agency with the mission of inspiring the future workforce to appreciate the excitement and personal rewards of a career in science and technology.
The Robert L. Heffner Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Graphics Arts was created in June 2012 by his family and friends as a way to honor his lifetime of dedication to Fairmont State University, Pierpont Community & Technical College and the community.
The Office of Admissions & Recruitment invites prospective students and families to explore their options at Fairmont State University. On select days throughout the regular semester, academic-based Exploration Days will be held on the main campus in Fairmont, W.Va.
The following dates are scheduled as Exploration Days: Jan. 24 and 25, Feb. 15 and April 19 in 2013.
At the free event, participants will meet with an Admissions Counselor, visit one of FSU’s six academic colleges and schools and meet in small groups with faculty and/or academic deans.
Fairmont State University’s College of Science and Technology will host the fifth annual Engineering and Science Challenge on Friday, Sept. 21.