Region 8 Western Regional Science & Engineering Fair

February 7, 2018 - Elementary (Grades 3-5)
February 8, 2018 - Junior & Senior (Grades 6-12)
Location: WCU Ramsey Regional Activity Center

View winners and photos from the 2017 Regional Science Fair

LAST YEAR'S THEME: The Daily Impact of Water

Water has played a role in all aspects of human life. Access to water has shaped the development of civilizations throughout history. While we tend to think of humans and their relationship to water, the biosphere of plants and animals shares a more complex interdependency on water. The amount of fresh water available is limited. As the world’s population grows, we are seeing this limited water resource become over-used, compromised, and wasted. The consequences of not having access to safe water is evident across the globe. This conversation will provide information about the many ways water impacts our lives.

The fair will feature science themed exhibitors, fun activities, prizes, and a Scavenger Hunt. Teachers, please bring your classes to participate in all these activities plus check out the projects. You don't have to be entered in the fair to attend.

Presenter: Stephen Shoaf

Stephen Shoaf became interested in water at the age of 8, when his mother took him on a tour of a water treatment facility. He majored in Zoology in college and went into the Peace Corps after graduation. When he returned he obtained a Masters of Science in Public Health (Environmental Chemistry and Biology) from UNC-CH. Steve recently retired from the City of Asheville after a 40-year career in water and wastewater research and management. During his career, he was elected as the Chair of the NC AWWA – WEA and as a Vice President of the American Water Works Association.


In order for student projects to be eligible for regional, state, and national competitions, students need to use the ISEF forms. Please read the information for each grade level. The forms are used to verify that the student’s work has been planned prior to starting experimentation and supervised by someone with knowledge of safety issues and regulations.

View the current judging rubric here.

Students can also use the ISEF Student Research Information and ISEF Rules Wizard to assist in determining which forms are needed for their project. The following information has been taken from the ISEF website and explains each form in detail.

Sponsored By: The North Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Member Association of the Water Environment Federation (NC AWWA – WEA)

The NC AWWA – WEA is an organization of water industry professionals representing various aspects of careers in water. The Association is an educational organization providing education and training to professionals and the public. The Association just held it’s 96 th annual conference. (

Inclement weather is always unpredictable across our region. Unless the university itself is closed (which is highly unlikely) the fair will be held as scheduled with set up time from 8am to 9am each day. Transportation to and from the fair is the responsibility of the students and/or parents. Teachers or parents may bring and set up projects during the check-in time, but students must be present during the judging starting at 10:15am.


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