WV Regional and State Science Fairs and Robotics Tournaments

Information about State and Regional Science Fairs is updated as it becomes available.  If you would like to include or update information about a State or Regional Science Fair in your area, please contact WVDE Science Coordinator Robin Sizemore at robin.sizemore@k12.wv.us and provide the following information:

Name of Region (RESA) and Fair

Fair Location:

Fair dates:

Application due date:

Possible snow date:


Contact/s:  (person, title, email address, phone number)

Website URL for science fair information for your area

Information about specific school or county science fairs may be obtained by contacting county or school offices directly.  For contact information visit the WVDE School Directory webpage.

West Virginia State Science Fairs

The West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, (WVSSEF)

The WVSSEF is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair and follows their rules and guidelines. Please review the 2016 ISEF Rules and Guidelines for additional information. Two winning projects will receive and expense paid trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as well as cash awards to winning projects.

Fair Location: Fairmont State University

Fair Dates:  April 2, 2016  

Application due date: March 16, 2016 (some projects will require approval before experimentation, please visit the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for more details).  Link https://student.societyforscience.org/international-rules-pre-college-science-research 

Possible Snow Date: n/a

Eligibility: West Virginia students in grades 9-12 submitting projects meeting the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Requirements.

Contact: Marcie Raol, WVSSEF Director, 304-367-4627, scitech@fairmontstate.edu

Webpage: www.fairmontstate.edu/wvssef

West Virginia Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is a STEM (science, technology engineering and mathematics) scholarship competition sponsored by the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy.  It is separate from ISEF, but strong science fair projects usually do well in the JSHS format (a 12-minute, oral presentation). The regional symposium includes a keynote speaker and practice time for presenters on Friday evening, the competition on Saturday morning, and an awards banquet. Lodging and meals are free to regional participants, so the only cost of attending the WV-JSHS is travel to West Virginia Wesleyan College. Two winning projects compete in the National JSHS, and the top three regional finalists earn scholarships of up to $2,000.  A total of five students earn expense-paid trips to the National JSHS competition, and there is a teacher award to support science at the teacher’s school.  The WV-JSHS follows the competition guidelines of the National JSHS except that we do not hold a poster symposium and all students compete in a single group rather than within categories.  For more information, contact Dr. Sullivan or visit the National JSHS website.

Fair Location: West Virginia Wesleyan College

Fair Dates: March 18-19, 2016

Applications due- March 10, 2016, Online application is at http://www.cvent.com/d/4fqkz4    Please note the extension for the date for the application.   

Eligibility:  Any student in grades 9-12 in a West Virginia school

Contact:  Jeanne Sullivan, Assoc. Professor of Biology, sullivan@wvwc.edu; 304-473-8125.  Please notify Dr. Sullivan if your online application is not promptly acknowledged.

National JSHS website:  www.jshs.org

West Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fairs

Regional Science and Engineering Fairs are held in March prior to the WVSSEF.  Students compete for category awards, competitions, special awards, and an opportunity to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. 

RESA 1- Middle School and Elementary School Science Fair

Fair Location: Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center

Fair dates: Saturday, May 14, 2016  

Application due date: April 29 last day for county fairs

Possible snow date: None

Eligibility: Middle School and Elementary County winners

Contact/s:  (person, title, email address, phone number) Barbie Little, fair coordinator, barkalittle@gmail.com 304-222-2354 or Dr. Robin Lewis, Director RESA 1, rjlewis@k12.wv.us, 304-256-4712

RESAs 1, 2, 3, and 4- Central and Southern West Virginia Regional Science and Engineering Fair 

Fair Location:   WVU-Tech, Montgomery, WV

Fair Dates:  October 17, 2014 (Current information needed)

Eligibility: To participate in the Central and Southern WV Regional Science and Engineering Fair students must:

    • Be in grades 9-12
    • Not have reached age 21 on or before October 1, 2014.
    • Attend public, private, or home school
    • Live in RESA districts 1, 2, 3, and part of 4.
    • (Counties included are:  Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Wayne, and Wyoming.) 

Contact: Dr. Rana M. Jisr, Department of Physical Sciences, WVU Institute of Technology, Phone: 304-442-3356, E-mail: Tech-Science-Art-Fair@mail.wvu.edu

Contact: Mr. Mark Jones, Department of Physical Education, WVU Institute of Technology, Phone: 304-442-3150, Email: Tech-Science-Art-Fair@mail.wvu.edu

Website: http://sciencefair.wvutech.edu/

RESA 5- Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Science Fair- (Information needed)

RESA 6- West Liberty University Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Fair location:   Arnett Hall at West Liberty University, West Liberty WV 26074

Fair dates: March 7 - 8, 2014 (Current information needed)

Eligibility:  6-8 in the junior competition; 9-12 in the senior competitionNo pre-qualifying event is required. Students from the West Virginia counties of Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Monroe and Tyler in grades 6-12 are eligible. Additionally, students in Belmont and Jefferson counties of Ohio are also eligible on condition that students attending schools in these two Ohio Counties will enter their projects either in the West Liberty University regional Science and Engineering Fair or the Greater Ohio Science Fair, but not both during the same school year. Registration is via email following the instructions provided on the website.

Contact: Melinda S. Kreisburg, PhD,  mkreisberg@westliberty.edu , West Liberty University

Contact: Zachary Loughman, PhD, zloughman@westliberty.edu, West Liberty University

Contact: Theunis van Aardt, PhD, theunis.vanaardt@westliberty.edu, West Liberty University

Website:  http://go.westliberty.edu/science-and-mathematics/science-fair/  or www.westliberty.edu and follow the links to “Academics,” “College of Sciences,” and “Natural Sciences and Mathematics.”

RESA 7- The North Central West Virginia Regional Science, Energy, and Engineering Fair

Fair Location:  Fairmont State University

Fair Dates:  Tentative date- February 27, 2016 (Generally the 2nd or 3rd weekend of February) 

Applications due: February 22, 2016

Eligibility:  Students must be from RESA VII area (Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur)  

Junior Division: grades 6-8; Senior Division: grades 9-12

Contact: Marcie Raol, 304-367-4627, scitech@fairmontstate.edu

Website:  http://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofscitech/outreach/regional-math-science-and-energy-fair

RESA 8- West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair

Fair location:  Potomac State College of WVU / KVFD Exhibition Hall, Keyser, WV

Fair date:  March 8, 2016

Applications due date: February 26, 2016

Possible Snow date: March 10, 2016

Eligibility:  Students who have participated in and been declared winners in a county science fair within the RESA 8 counties of Berkeley Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Contact: Robert P. Mason, Co-Director, rpmason1@msn.com, 1-304-788-0284   

Website: http://www.resa8.org/?PN=Pages&SubP=Level1Page&L=2&DivisionID=7663&DepartmentID=7571&PageID=23874&ToggleSideNav=

RESA 8- Region 8 Middle School Science Fair

Fair Location:  Shepherd University

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Application Due Date: March 1, 2016

Possible Snow Date: March 17, 2016

Eligibility: Students who have participated in and declared winners in a school and county science fair within the RESA counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Moran and Pendleton counties, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind

Contact:  Joyce Ashworth, (jaashworth@k12.wv.us), 1-304-267-3595, ext. 135

WebsiteL: http://www.resa8.org/?PN=Pages&SubP=Level1Page&L=2&DivisionID=7663&DepartmentID=7571&PageID=29135&ToggleSideNav=

Robotics Tournaments

West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Tournaments- Save the Dates

Tournament Locations and Dates:

10 FLL Jr. Expos and FLL Qualifiers

November 5, 2016:   BridgeVallley CTC, S. Charleston;  WVU-P, Parkersburg; and RCBI, Huntington

November  12, 2016:  New River CTC, Lewisburg;  Jackson’s Mill 4-H Camp, Weston; Concord University, Athens; and RCB National Aerospace Education Center, Bridgeport

November 19, 2016:  WVU/MARS, Morgantown; Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, and Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling

WV State Championship

December 3, 2016:  Fairmont State University, Fairmont

Contact: Todd Ensign, Director, NASA IV&V Robotics Alliance Project, todd.ensign@ivv.nasa.gov

Website: http://wvroboticsalliance.org/


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