WCU to Host Science Fair and Festival March 22-23

Budding scientists from across the western part of the state will gather at Western Carolina University Thursday, March 22, and Friday, March 23, to participate in the annual Science Fair and Science Festival.

The events will take place in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center at WCU, and will feature the scientific experiments of students in grades three through 12 from across Western North Carolina.

Paul Heckert, associate professor of chemistry and physics at WCU, will be a scheduled speaker for both days and will discuss the solar system. Kurt Vandervroot, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, will be a scheduled speaker on Friday, March 23, addressing “Physics of Everyday Life.”

Students in grades three through five will participate in the non-competitive Science Fair on Thursday, March 22. Students in grades six through 12 will be competing for a variety of awards and honors in several categories during the Science Festival, set for Friday, March 23.

The purpose of the annual event is to motivate young minds to pursue further studies in sciences, mathematics and geography.

Participating students are expected to come from schools in Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties.

For more information, call the WCU Division of Continuing Education and Summer School at (828) 227-7397.