WCU to host Western Regional Science Fair Feb. 18-19

More than 600 students from across Western North Carolina will gather at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center for the Western Regional Science Fair on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 18-19.

Students in grades three through five will showcase their talents on Feb. 18. Students in grades six through 12 will compete on Feb. 19.

Events will run from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for the participants and will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both days.

Winners from grades six through 12 will have the opportunity to show their award-winning projects at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

“We look forward to welcoming these talented young scientists and their dedicated teachers and parents to campus,” said Kefyn Catley, science fair director and professor of biology at WCU. “The purpose of the fair is to celebrate the achievements of local science fair winners and to encourage students to pursue careers in science.”

Students from Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Swain, Macon, Haywood, Jackson, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell, Polk and Rutherford counties are expected to take part.

Students will be entertained with a magic show presented by WCU’s department of chemistry and physics.

For more information, visit the Web site www.wcu.edu/10363.asp (link is no longer active) or contact Catley at (828) 227-3651 or via e-mail at kcatley@email.wcu.edu.