Fairmont State prepares to host Northcentral Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Approximately 129 students from grades 3-12 will be competing in the Northcentral Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Fairmont State University’s Falcon Center Gym 1 on Saturday, February 10. The fair will run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The competition is divided into three divisions: Division I (elementary school), Division II (middle school), and Division III (high school). Students eligible to compete must be from Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, or Upshur counties and must have advanced to the regional fair from their school science fair.
For over 20 years Fairmont State has hosted the event, in partnership with the Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V Education Resource Center (ERC). The ERC was founded with a specific mission of building a public understanding of NASA missions, building a diverse future STEM workforce and creating unique opportunities for students.
“We have seen growing interest in student participation of science fair projects,” said NASA IV&V Education Resource Center Education Outreach Specialist Josh Revels. “When completing a project, students gain a deeper understanding of not only the topic they investigate but learn valuable skills of conducting a good experiment.”
Fair contestants can choose from various categories to base their project on. These categories include animal science, plant science, behavioral and social science, medical science, physics and astronomy, chemistry, engineering, material science, math and data, earth and environmental science, energy, technology and more.
One winner from each division for each category will be selected by judges. These winners will then go on to compete at the state-level Science and Engineering Fair in Charleston, which will be happening on March 4.