UW Hosts Wyoming State Science Fair March 7-9
by University of Wyoming
March 2, 2010
More than 275 participants from nearly 40 Wyoming schools will compete in the 2010 Wyoming State Science Fair Sunday-Tuesday, March 7-9, at the University of Wyoming.
Student projects are open for public viewing from 5-7 p.m. Monday in the Wyoming Union ballroom. Eligible participants had the top three projects in their category at one of seven regional fairs throughout the state. Students will compete for prizes, cash and scholarships valued up to $1,000.
Students competing in the state science fair are from Alcova, Arvada, Baggs, Banner, Basin, Big Horn, Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Cora, Crowheart, Daniel, Dayton, Dixon, Douglas, Emblem, Granite Canon, Greybull, Kinnear, Lander, Laramie, Newcastle, Pavillion, Pinedale, Powell, Ranchester, Recluse, Riverton, Savery, Shell, Sheridan, Shoshoni, Story, Upton and Wapiti.
Wyoming State Science Fair awards are presented for first through fourth places in junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) divisions in these categories: behavioral and social sciences, chemistry, engineering, medicine and health, zoology, biochemistry, computers, environmental sciences, microbiology, botany, earth and space sciences, mathematics, physics and teams.
Special awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Wyoming Union Ballroom at 9 a.m. Tuesday, followed by category grand prizes. UW departments and colleges are contributing cash prizes to winners.
A panel of more than 100 judges from UW and other organizations will evaluate projects based on scientific thought/engineering goals, creative ability, thoroughness, skill and clarity.
The top two individual winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., this May.
During the state science fair, students will have dinner Monday and a keynote address from internationally-known spider silk researcher Randy Lewis, UW molecular biology professor; campus and science laboratory tours; and participate in a physics and astronomy night at the UW planetarium, featuring pizza and demonstrations.
For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.uwyo.edu/sciencefair/ or call the UW Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at (307) 766-6381.