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Region 8 Western Regional Science & Engineering Fair

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2021 Fair Information:

The following are dates for this year's WCU Region 8 Science & Engineering Fair, CURRENTLY scheduled to happen as usual on WCU's campus at the Ramsey Center.  Due to COVID and the possibility of changing university policies, however, the fair may instead be held online or cancelled.  Please check this website for any further updates.  We wish all teachers, students, and their families the best as we navigate a challenging school year.
Dates for the fair are:
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021 (for grades 3-5)
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021 (for grades 6-12)

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.

Information about our students that competed in the 2020 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Please contact WCU Educational Outreach at 828.227.7397 or email if you have questions.

To sign up as a student, judge, or vendor/exhibitor, please click the REGISTER ONLINE link which will open (Dates TBD) In the upper right-hand corner, click on "Registration" and then choose Student, Judge, or Volunteer (for exhibitors/vendors) to begin your registration. You must register through STEM Wizard.



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!

Please contact our Fair Director Kelley Dinklemeyer at 828.227.3679 or if you have any registration questions.

Schedule - Both Days:

8:00-9:00 a.m. Check-in and set up projects in the Ramsey Center
9:00-10:30 a.m. Judges only in the Science Project Area
9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome
9:15-10:15 a.m. PRESENTATION: Balsam Mountain Trust
10:15-10:30 a.m. Announcements
10:15-11:15 a.m. 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 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch on your own (Find a sheet listing restaurants for lunch at the registration desk)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All Science Projects Open to the Public
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. 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.

For forms and other information Visit this website!

View a previous sample judging rubric . Please note that the rubric is subject to changes before the fair

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 a.m. to 9 a.m. 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 10:15 a.m.

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