This weekend, students in grades 6-12 will compete in the Wyoming State Science Fair. The Science Fair is a competition where students conduct original scientific research - and collect and analyze data. The students present their findings on a poster and are interviewed by judges in their respective fields. The earlier rounds include individual school competitions, followed by regionals. About 900 students enter in the earlier rounds, but only a third advance to the final round, the State Science Fair.
Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator Erin Stoesz says the fair is an engaging learning experience. "It's a really wonderful opportunity for students to go beyond the science that they learned in the classroom and investigate something that really interests them," Stoesz says.
The events will be held at the University of Wyoming. Three or four winners will be selected to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, coming up this May.