SHERIDAN — Almost 400 students from 26 Wyoming junior high and high schools submitted more than 360 projects to the Wyoming State Science Fair last month at the University of Wyoming Union Ballroom.
Students from grades 6-12 competed in 17 categories and were required to plan, organize, research, prepare and present projects of their interest. To qualify to attend the state competition, students competed at seven regional competitions among nearly 700 of their peers in January and February with winning students and their projects advancing on to state.
UW content experts, community professionals and specialists from relevant industries judged the projects through personal interviews, interactions and peer reviews.
Some students with winning projects received monetary and non-monetary prizes from local community and campus sponsors.
Attending students were also given the opportunity to participate in planetarium shows and demonstrations, campus laboratory and museum tours and other university events while on campus.
Five finalists and two observers will now attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair that will take place in Los Angeles, Calif., in May.
Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator Joy Johnson said in a press release “the science fair provides an avenue for students to pursue and excel in personal science interests and motivates them to pursue careers in related fields.”