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Wyoming State Science Fair March 6-8 at UW

March 1, 2016

Qualified Wyoming students will showcase their original projects during the Wyoming State Science Fair March 6-8 at the University of Wyoming.

Students will display their science, technology, engineering and mathematics research for the opportunity to qualify for two prestigious science competitions. For students in grades 9-12, the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in Phoenix, Ariz., is an opportunity to meet student-scientists from throughout the world and the chance to win prizes of up to $75,000.

Students in grades 6-8 have an equivalent national competition, Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Research Scholars). The 30 finalists will be selected later this fall for an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

“These are among the largest and most prestigious pre-college science competitions in the world,” says Erin Stoesz, Wyoming State Science Fair coordinator and a past winner of nine ISEF awards over three years. “Quality of idea and research counts at all levels. The winners at both ISEF and Broadcom MASTERS are the science leaders of the future.”

At the state science fair, student research may cover areas as diverse as robotics, environmental management, behavioral and social science, energy and transportation, and chemistry. Students competing this year also will participate in enrichment activities and laboratory tours on the UW campus, a pizza and planetarium night, and a robotics demonstration.

All competitors will receive T-shirts, welcome bags from the Albany County Tourism Board and an opportunity to meet fellow competitors, says Stoesz, a UW Science and Mathematics Teaching Center assistant lecturer.

“Science fair is a life-changing and memorable experience for so many students, myself included,” Stoesz says. “The experience should be fun and educational for every student, regardless of whether they go home with an award.”

She adds that UW has hosted the Wyoming State Science Fair for many years and continues to be “highly supportive of the event.”

More than 100 judges, community and campus volunteers are contributing to this year’s science fair. Many local and national organizations, UW departments and industry also are sponsoring special awards.

The public is invited to view the student research displays in the Wyoming Union Ballroom during public viewing times Monday, March 7, from 5:30-8 p.m. and Tuesday, March 8, from 8 a.m.-noon. The public also is welcome to attend the awards ceremony program at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

For more information, contact Stoesz at (307) 766-9863 or

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