The West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair (WVSEF) provides opportunities for students to ask questions about their world and discover how the world works. It also allows students to be creative and resourceful as they contemplate problems to solve in the real world. Students who participate in science fairs learn problem-solving and critical thinking skills that can be used throughout their lifetime. Scientific methodology, logical thinking, math, statistics and data analysis, computer science, as well as reading, writing, grammar, spelling, graphic arts, public speaking, global awareness, and other skills are employed as students ask questions, research and develop projects, collect data, make conclusions based on evidence, and communicate their findings to others.
While science projects may serve to inspire future scientists, the skills acquired while going through the process of scientific investigations and presentations will benefit students as they continue their education and become part of the workforce.