West Virginia Science & Engineering Fair

The 2020 West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair (WVSEF) will include grades 3 – 12 this school year. The event will be on Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will continue to be held at Fairmont State University. Visit the West Virginia Science and Engineering webpage for more details and resources.

West Virginia Science Bowl (WVSB)

The West Virginia Science Bowl (WVSB) Regional Coordinating Committee announces the opening of the 2019 National Science Bowl and wants your High School and Middle Schools’ science and math students to participate!  The competition will be at the WVU Mountainlair, Morgantown on February 7, 2020, for Middle Schools and February 8, 2020, for High School.

Middle and high school team registration for the WVSB is required and begins on October 1, 2019 at the National Science Bowl website. Please note that high school teams must first contact their respective RESA Area regional Science Bowl coordinator to register to participate in a qualifying competition. Information for this competition can be found here.

The National Science Bowl is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and features a tournament-style academic competition challenging student in the fields of science and mathematics. Visit http://wvsciencebowl.org/ to learn more or contact Kenneth C. Mechling at kenneth.mechling@netl.doe.gov.

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.  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, a lab tour after the presentations 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. DeLaney or visit the National JSHS website.

  • Fair Location: West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Fair Dates: March 13-14, 2020
  • Applications due- March 4, 2020, Online application is at http://www.cvent.com/d/0hq241
  • Eligibility: Any student in grades 9-12 in a West Virginia school
  • Contact:  Tracey DeLaney, Assoc. Professor of Physics, delaney_t@wvwc.edu; 304-473-8330. Please notify Dr. DeLaney if your online application is not promptly acknowledged.
  • National JSHS website:  www.jshs.org
  • WV-Regional JSHS website: sites.google.com/wvwc.edu/wvjshs

Robotics Tournaments

Competitive robotics is sweeping across our state!  Last year over 500 teams competed in 12 unique programs, impacting more than 5,000 West Virginia students.  But, some students are still being left behind.  As of today, there are 19 counties with no robotics teams.  If you would like to become involved as a robotics team coach, judge, or volunteer in another capacity, please contact Todd I. Ensign, Ed.D., Program Manager, NASA IV&V ERC, at Todd.I.Ensign@nasa.gov.

For information about West Virginia Regional and State Robotics Tournaments, visit the