West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) will be the site for the second annual West Virginia Science and Art Fair, open to all West Virginia high school and middle school students. The fair, which is set for Friday, October 17, provides students with opportunities to showcase their knowledge of Biology and Physical Sciences in display projects, a symposium and Olympiad events and their creativity in art projects.
The fair is being hosted by WVU Tech, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Registration is free and open to public, private and home-school students.
“The science and art fair was so well received last year and we are honored to partner with the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History on this program again this year,” said Carolyn Long, WVU Tech Campus President. “WVU Tech is pleased to offer five $1,000 scholarships to the winners in the science competitions.”
Dr. Paul L. Hill, Chancellor of the Higher Education Policy Commission, said, “For students in high school and middle school, the opportunity to exhibit their scientific work and art talents brings with it a great sense of pride — and a deepened love of learning in these essential fields. The Science and Art Fair is an exciting opportunity designed to do just that, and the Commission is thrilled to work with the Division of Culture and History and WVU Tech to make it a reality.”
“Programs like this encourage young West Virginians to think creatively about what they are learning and to develop confidence in presenting their ideas, which can spark a love of lifelong learning,” said Randall Reid-Smith, West Virginia Division of Culture and History Commissioner.
Students may enter several competition categories.
- Investigatory Projects: Students are invited to perform experiments and create displays explaining their experiments
- Display Projects: Students may present displays on topics in the Biological and Physical Sciences
- Symposium: Oral competition open to students in the Investigatory and Display Projects
- Olympiad Events: Open to students regardless of whether they have submitted exhibits in other categories, these events will test students’ knowledge of Physical and Biological Sciences in a series of exercises
- Art Exhibits: Students may enter two- and three-dimensional art projects that have scientific themes
For more information and applications for the West Virginia Science and Art Fair, visit sciencefair.wvutech.edu.