Students from elementary, junior high and high schools throughout Western North Carolina will gather at Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 6, as the university hosts the Western Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
In conjunction with 2014 being the 125th anniversary of WCU’s founding, special booths and displays will be presented that commemorate 125 years of science.
Science projects created for the fair by area students will be available for viewing by the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free.
The theme for this year fair is “Climate Change: What it Means to You.” Both days of the event will include a 9:15 a.m. presentation titled “From the Mountains to the Sea: What Does Climate Change Mean for Me?” delivered by Karsten Shein, a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville. A specialist in climate variability and in communicating climate science, Shein has represented the federal government on international, national and regional committees and working groups, and ed a delegation that successfully negotiated an environmental data exchange protocol between the U.S. and Russia.
Students in the elementary division, grades three through five, will showcase their projects on Feb. 5. Students in the junior and senior division, grades six through 12, will display their projects Feb. 6. Categories in that division include biological science, chemistry, Earth/environmental science, physics and technology/ engineering. Information on each category can be viewed at the event website, sciencefair.wcu.edu.
Students from the 16 westernmost counties of Western North Carolina who have placed at their schools’ science fair competitions are eligible to compete in the fair. The deadline for project submission is Friday, Jan. 31.
Teachers are encouraged to bring students to the event. Students do not have to submit a project to attend the morning presentation or participate in activities, which will include a scavenger hunt. All students and teachers attending are eligible for prizes.