WVU Tech will host the annual Central and Southern West Virginia Regional Science and Engineering and Creative Arts Competition on Saturday, March 12.
The competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 in Southern West Virginia, including Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming counties. The competition includes six divisions: Investigatory Projects, Display Projects, Art Exhibits, Submitted Paper, Symposium and Olympiad Events.
Tiffany White, a WVU Tech senior biology and psychology major, participated in the fair as a high school student. As she explained, “The science fair was a great learning experience for me. I first participated as a sophomore at Clay County High School and it was the first time I had presented a project at that level. It was always fun coming home with a trophy and a tote full of ribbons.”
Prizes are awarded for the top projects in each division. The winner of the division receives a trophy and ribbons are awarded for second and third place, and honorable mention. At the end of the fair, two team championship awards are presented to the school that earns the most points during the competition: one for biology and one for the physical sciences.
According to Dr. Deborah Beutler, fair director and associate professor of biology at WVU Tech, “Students who participate in the fair have fun, learn about science and the scientific method, and possibly win a ribbon or trophy.”