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UW Hosts State Science Fair March 6-8
February 24, 2011 — More than 300 students representing 41 Wyoming schools will compete in the Wyoming State Science Fair March 6-8, at the University of Wyoming Union ballroom.
Student projects will be open for public viewing from 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 7, and from 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 8. Students will not be present with their projects Tuesday morning.
The State Science Fair encourages students in Wyoming grades 6-12 to plan, organize, research, prepare and present a project of their interest. It provides students with real-life science experiences, interactions with professionals in the field and review and application of relevant research, says Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator Beth Rintz, from UW's Science and Math Teaching Center.
Students may receive monetary or scholarship awards and the opportunity to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May. The ISEF, the largest pre-college science event, will be in Los Angeles.
Eight regional fairs are held throughout Wyoming in late January and early February, with winning students and their projects advancing to the Wyoming State Science Fair. Students participate in 17 different categories -- animal science; behavioral and social sciences; biochemistry; cellular and molecular biology; chemistry; computers; earth and planetary sciences; engineering; electrical and mechanical engineering; materials and bioengineering; energy and transportation; environmental management; environmental sciences; mathematics; medicine and health sciences; microbiology; physics and astronomy; and plant sciences.
Through interviews and interactions, student projects are judged by UW and community professionals and experts within the various categories. More than 100 judges will evaluate student projects.
While on campus, students participate in a variety of shows, programs and tours sponsored by different UW departments and offices. The science fair also provides an avenue for students to pursue and excel in personal science interests and motivates them to pursue careers in related fields, Rintz says.
The state science fair is supported by donations from UW departments in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and UW colleges of Engineering and Applied Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Health Sciences, Education, Arts and Sciences and the School of Energy Resources.
Students representing the following schools will be at the State Science Fair on the UW campus:
Afflerbach Elementary, Cheyenne; Big Horn Middle School; Big Piney Middle School; Casper Classical Academy; Cody Middle School; CY Middle School, Casper; Douglas Middle School; Greybull High School; Greybull Middle School; Holy Name Catholic School, Sheridan; Johnson Junior High School, Cheyenne; LaGrange Elementary School; Laramie High School; and Laramie Junior High School.
Also, Lingle/Ft. Laramie School; Monroe Intermediate School, Green River; Natrona County High School, Casper; Newcastle High School; Newcastle Middle School; Noah Webster Christian School, Cheyenne; North Elementary School, Lander; Paradise Valley Christian School, Casper; Pinedale High School; Pinedale Middle School; Riverton High School; Riverton Middle School; and Sheridan Junior High School.
Also, Slade Elementary School, Laramie; Snowy Range Academy, Laramie; South Elementary School, Lander; South High School, Cheyenne; Southeast High School, Yoder; Southeast Junior High School, Yoder; Spring Creek Elementary School, Laramie; St. Mary's Catholic School, Cheyenne; Tongue River High School, Dayton; Torrington High School; Torrington Middle School; UW Lab School; Upton Middle School; West Elementary School, Lander; Wind River High School, Pavillion; and Wind River Middle School, Pavillion.