Region 8 Western Regional Science & Engineering Fair

2018 Science Fair


Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (Grades 3-5)
Thursday, February 8, 2018 (Grades 6-12)

WCU Ramsey Regional Activity Center

The last day to register your child, to ensure that (s)he can compete in the Science Fair, is February 2, 2018. Please contact WCU Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397 or email if you missed the deadline but still need to register students.

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View winners and photos from the 2017 Regional Science Fair

THEME: Superhero Science

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Rhett Allain. Dr. Allain teaches Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University and is a science blog writer for Wired magazine. In his spare time, he is also the Technical Consultant for the CBS show MacGyver and The Science Channel show MythBusters. He is the author of 4 books including Angry Birds: Furious Forces and Geek Physics.

Join us in exploring science! If you wish to follow our theme in your own experiment, you could think about these questions:

  • What are some ways in which science influences superhero stories?
  • What science is real/fake in superhero movies and books?
  • What makes a person a hero? Can scientists be heroes?
  • What are some historic science breakthroughs that were heroic?
  • What problem needs a hero to solve it in today’s world? Can science help?

Come join the excitement! This is the largest STEM event held in Western North Carolina, attracting some 250+ projects from 25+ schools across 16 counties. We routinely host some 600 of the best and brightest Science, Technology, and Engineering students together with their parents and teachers. 

Bring students to the event even if they are not submitting projects! Students can enjoy the speaker session, participate in the scavenger hunt, view projects in this year's event, and even stay for the award ceremony. And it's all FREE!

SCHEDULE - Both Days

  • 8:00-9:00    Check-in and set up projects in the Ramsey Center
  • 9:00-10:30   Judges only in the Science Project Area
  • 9:00-9:15   Welcome
  • 9:15-10:15   PRESENTATION:  Dr. Rhett Allain "Superhero Science"
  • 10:15-10:30   Announcements
  • 10:15-11:15  Participating Students should stand beside their projects to answer judge’s questions. (Students only - no parents or teachers please)
  • Scavenger Hunt (Answers found within exhibits)
  • Interactive Exhibits open for Teachers and Non-Participating Students
  • 11:15-12:15   Lunch on your own (Find a sheet listing restaurants for lunch at the registration desk)
  • 11:30-12:30   All Science Projects Open to the Public
  • 12:45-1:15   Awards Ceremony


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.


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 8 am to 9 am 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 at10:15 am.

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