West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) in Montgomery will be the site for a West Virginia Science and Art Fair this fall for high school and middle school students in 22 West Virginia counties. The fair will provide the students opportunities to showcase their knowledge of Biology and Physical Sciences in display projects, a symposium, Olympiad events and art projects.
The fair is being hosted by WVU Tech, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Registration is open to public, private and home-school students.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History on this program,” said Carolyn Long, WVU Tech Campus Executive Officer. “This program will encourage students to explore new areas of research and challenge them to develop creative projects that will illustrate what they are learning.”
Dr. Paul L. Hill, Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission, said, “For students in high school and middle school, the opportunity to exhibit their scientific work brings with it a great sense of pride—and a deepened love of learning in these essential fields. The Science and Art Fair is an exciting new venture designed to do just that, and the Commission is thrilled to work with the Division of Culture and History and WVU Tech to make it a reality.”
Students may enter several competition categories.
- Investigatory Projects: Students are invited to perform experiments and create displays explaining their experiments
- Display Projects: Students may present displays on topics in the Biological and Physical Sciences
- Symposium: Oral competition open to students in the Investigatory and Display Projects
- Olympiad Events: Open to students regardless of whether they have submitted exhibits in other categories, these events will test students’ knowledge of Physical and Biological Sciences in a series of exercises
- Art Exhibits: Students may enter two- and three-dimensional art projects that have scientific themes
WHO CAN ENTER?
To participate in the fair, a student must:
- Be in grades 6-12.
- Not have reached the age of 21 on or before October 1, 2013
- Attend public, private or home school
- Live in RESA Districts I, II, III or IV
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The West Virginia Science and Art Fair will be held on the campus of West Virginia University, Institute of Technology, in Montgomery.
8 a.m. Investigatory and Display Projects and Art Exhibits set up
9:30 a.m. Symposium Division presentations begin
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Judging: Students must be present at their Investigatory Project exhibits during this time, unless they are giving a symposium, to answer judges’ questions. If the student is not present, the project may be disqualified.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Olympiad Events
4 p.m. Pack-up all exhibits.
4:30 p.m. Awards Assembly (Students do not have to be present to win but someone must pick up their prizes.)