West Liberty University’s Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will sponsor the first annual Elementary Science Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12.
Ohio County Public Schools were invited to compete in the fair and more than 90 students will take part in the poster presentations and planned activities that will take place at the Boyle Conference Center and the Academic, Sport and Recreation Complex (ASRC).
“Here at West Liberty University we feel it’s necessary to sponsor activities, such as the Ohio County Science Fair, that foster an appreciation and drive for the youth of Ohio County to pursue STEM activities inside and outside of the classroom. Students participating in this fair have already competed in their school fairs. West Liberty University’s Ohio County Science Fair garners those students another opportunity to present their hard work to a new audience here at the Hilltop,” Loughman said.
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The Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics chairperson, Dr. Karen Kettler spearheaded the event along with professor Dr. Zachary Loughman. Other members of the Ohio County Science Fair Committee include WLU employees Amanda Francis, Melesa Swartz, Dr. John Serra, Lou Karas, Rachel Wiechman and Bree Blum.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities also will be provided to the students who are all in grades 3-5 and attend Bethlehem Elementary, Steenrod Elementary, Middle Creek Elementary, Warwood Elementary, West Liberty Elementary and Woodsdale Elementary schools.
The awards ceremony will take place 1 p.m. in the ASRC arena.
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, call 866-937-8542 or visit westliberty.edu.