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.
The presentation this year will be given by Balsam Mountain Trust, a local nonprofit organization that works to preserve wildlife and offers educational outreach to surrounding counties. We look forward to seeing what they will teach us about local wildlife and preservation!
Information about our students that competed in the 2019 Intel International Science
and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Please contact WCU Educational Outreach at 828.227.7397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
To sign up as a student, judge, or vendor/exhibitor, please click the REGISTER ONLINE link which will open Monday, December 2, 2019. 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.
NOTE: STUDENTS WORKING TOGETHER ON PROJECTS MUST REGISTER AS A TEAM AND ENTER ALL TEAM INFORMATION AT ONE TIME.
Teacher/Students/Parents - Before beginning a science project, please have a look at the ISEF 2020 forms. Some need to be completed BEFORE beginning the project. We suggest doing the following before you begin your project:
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 email@example.com 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.
View a previous sample judging rubric here. Please note that the rubric is subject to changes before the fair
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 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.