Philosophy

The West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair provides opportunities for students to ask questions about their world and discover how the world works.  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 and spelling, and graphic arts, 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 during the scientific investigations and presentations will benefit students as they continue their education and become business owners, innovators, managers, and employees.

Objectives

It is the intent of the Science and Engineering Fair to:

  • Recognize and reward outstanding achievements of Science students; Implement the Next Generation West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives for Science (Policy 2520.3C);
  • Provide a pathway for West Virginia high school students to be eligible for the International Science and Engineering Fair and process for elementary and middle schools students to acquire skills and experience competing in science fairs.
  • Develop among participants an ability to apply the scientific method as it applies to science investigations;
  • Encourage global awareness, environmental stewardship, creativity,  resourcefulness;
  • Provide relevance;
  • Encourage students to demonstrate that they know science content;
  • Provide the opportunity for students to ask questions and construct explanations about the world around them;
  • Provide the opportunity for students to identify problems and propose solutions globally and in their communities;
  • Encourage students to draw more heavily on all areas of science as a means of broadening and deepening their understanding of science and engineering concepts and principles;
  • Encourage students to practice information and communication skills, thinking and problem-solving skills, interpersonal and serf-directional skills;
  • Provide a forum for student public speaking;
  • Generate public interest in and appreciation for the broad interdisciplinary areas of science and engineering;
  • Develop a greater public appreciation and understanding of the abilities of youth;
  • Provide an opportunity for students to implement the 21st Century learning skills (Policy 2520.14) and West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Dispositions and Standards for Student Success for Grades K-12 (Policy 2520.19)
  • Encourage the utilization of technology tools where appropriate (Policy 2520.14).