WVU Tech will host the annual Central and Southern West Virginia Regional Science and Engineering and Creative Arts Competition on Saturday, March 17.
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, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming counties. The competition includes six divisions: Investigatory Projects, Display Projects, Art Exhibits, Submitted Paper, Symposium and Olympiad Events.
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.”