WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., April 9, 2019 — West Liberty University’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will host the Second Annual Ohio County Science Fair from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in the Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC) and Boyle Conference Center.
“The science fair for elementary school students began after we heard a suggestion from local teachers that they had a desire to have this type of educational fair. It was a great success last year and we are looking forward to it again this year,” said Bree Blum, who has been the departmental administrative secretary senior since 2017.
She was assisted by faculty members Amanda Francis, Lou Karas, Karen Kettler, Zac Loughman, Holly Racine, Jon Serra, Melesa Swartz and Rachel Wiechman.
One hundred and fifty students enrolled in third, fourth, and fifth grade from six Ohio County elementary schools are expected to attend the fair, which focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) activities and a Science Fair Presentation.
“It is a very lively science fair with lots of energy and we know that the students who participate will benefit from this opportunity to present their research in public,” said Blum.
The Ohio County Science Fair schedule begins with the 9:30 a.m. arrival of the students. Afterwards, they will set-up their science presentations in the ASRC and explain the significance of their projects. The students will also rotate through several STEAM stations in the ASRC and Boyle Conference Center.
Judging takes place from 10 a.m. – noon, followed by lunch in the Marketplace cafeteria.
The awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., also in the ASRC, and will be live streamed on WLU-TV Channel 14.
The Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is housed in the WLU College of Sciences and includes the biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and physical sciences programs. For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.937.8542 (WESTLIB).