The Wyoming State Science Fair (WSSF) provides a forum for Wyoming student scientists to conduct and share their original science, technology, engineering or math research. The State Science Fair encourages students of Wyoming grades 6-12 to plan, organize, research, prepare and present a project of their interest. Participation engages students in real-life science experiences, and gives them opportunities to interact with professionals. Students may receive awards, scholarships and recognition. Top students are selected to represent Wyoming at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the largest pre-college celebration of science for high school students, or at the Broadcom MASTERS Competition, a national competition for 6th-8th graders.
Why spend hours reading scientific articles, developing experiment procedures, collecting samples, analyzing results, assembling a poster, and perfecting a presentation? The students tell it best:
"[Science Fair] helped me in many ways. Now, I am a much better public speaker and I now know that there are many different paths that I could take in the scientific field ...." 2016 WSSF Middle School Competitior
"My main influence for choosing this project was the mining companies two miles outside our town because this is going to help them grow vegetation and speed up reclamation." 2016 WSSF High School Competitor and Intel ISEF Finalist
"I play the trumpet, and really wanted to see if they were dirty or not, so I decided to do some swabs and see if bacteria grew on a petri dish or not." 2016 WSSF Middle School Competitor and Broadcom MASTERS Competition Nominee
"Mama couldn't answer all my 'why' questions and neither could the college professors in my hometown, so I decided I had to figure them out for myself." 1996-2000 WSSF Competitor and Intel ISEF Finalist
A science fair project can vary from running a controlled experiment to proposing a new theory based on library or experimental research to developing a new concept, invention, program or design. At the 2016 fair, students entered excellent original research on topics as diverse as bull riding, satellites, supercomputers and cellular biology. The possibilities are endless! To attend the Wyoming State Science Fair, students MUST follow the Intel ISEF Guidelines and compete in a REGIONAL FAIR in Wyoming. The Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator is available to answer questions, provide professional development, or lead science project workshops for teachers, students and local mentors for students on their projects. Send us an e-mail today!
Regional Fair competitions take place in January and very early February (stay tuned for exact dates and locations). The Wyoming State Science Fair will be held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY on March 5-7, 2017 (you must compete at a regional fair in Wyoming to qualify for competition at the Wyoming State Science Fair). Begin your research today! Projects may include no more than 12 months of continuous research and may not include research performed before January 2016.