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Wyoming State Science Fair

Open Letter

24 March 2014

Dear Teachers, Participants and Parents;


As Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator, I want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for the excellent work that you do with students in the state of Wyoming. Science competitions provide a unique opportunity to foster the development of partnerships with students, schools, the science community, industry and families. While I openly acknowledge that there are many areas where improvements need to be made going forward, I am excited about the level of enthusiasm for STEM education demonstrated by the students, teachers and families of the state. This year we hosted almost 400 students with more than 360 unique projects. We have seven student participants traveling to the International Science and Engineering Fair—two observers and five finalists. I invite you to celebrate their accomplishments along with us. A full list of results is posted on the WSSF website for review.


The Science & Math Teaching Center of the University of Wyoming is committed to making the fair a remarkable experience for the students and teachers of Wyoming.  WSSF 2014 was a whirlwind but well worth it. With hands to the plow, we are ready to start fresh, rebuild our program and grow from this year’s shortcomings. As I continue to process your feedback, I want you to know how much your contributions mean. I welcome your input in the planning process for 2015. The date for the 2015 WSSF will be determined and published by the first week of May. In June, we will host the first of several advisory board discussions to help build capacity for the Wyoming State Science Fair. We have plans to convene both a Teacher Advisory Board (TAB) and a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to guide the process going forward.


In the weeks to come, our advisory board will work to align the vision established by the Next Generation Science Standards to the work we have to do. I believe that with your help, 2015 will be great! Please feel free to be in touch.






Joy Barnes-Johnson, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Leonard, Ph.D.

Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator

Director, Science & Mathematics Teaching Center


Professor of Mathematics Education



“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”                                                                                                                                —Thomas Edison

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