2020 District and Central Regional Science Fair

The District and Central Regional Science Fair was held on February 1st, 2020, at Verda James Elementary School.

Ninety-four students from Natrona County School District (Crest Hill, Fort Caspar Academy, Journey, Oregon Trail, Pineview, and Verda James), along with Excel Academy, St. Anthony’s Tri-Parish School, Chugwater School, Glendo, and Wheatland School, showcased their scientific expertise as they wowed the judges and spectators with impressive projects.

“Science Fair, like science itself, is a process…not an end result. Science projects are all about learning something new through exploration and testing ideas,” shared Rod Kennedy, Science Fair Coordinator. “Science fair is about perseverance, curiosity, and going beyond what others have done in the past. We had a great year and we’d love to see more NCSD Middle and High School students participate in the future.” Erin Stoesz, the Director for the Wyoming State Science Fair, was also on-hand to observe the proceedings and encouraged all participants to continue their interest in the world of science.

NCSD’s Athletic and Activities Coordinator, Ruth Putnam, finds great joy in seeing the student’s success and projects come to fruition on the day of the Science Fair, “The science fair students are so pumped up and nervous to talk about their projects. I always remind them, they’re the “expert” on their subject because they conducted the research and know their material best! It’s great to see their eyes widen when they realize they are the ones who have all the answers on their subject. Additionally, there are a lot of scholarship opportunities for those who may want to pursue a future in STEM!”

Science Fair participants can compete in a variety of categories that best suit their interests.

District categories include Computers & Mathematics, Consumer Science, Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science.

Regional categories include Animal & Plant Science, Behavioral & Social Science, Biochemistry / Cellular & Molecular Biology / Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Biomedical & Health Sciences/Biomedical Engineering/Translational Medical Sciences, Chemistry / Energy: Chemical, Earth & Environmental Sciences / Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Microbiology, and Physics & Astronomy.

Each District participant received “Progressing,” “Proficient” or “Advanced Proficient” certificates along with the judges’ critiques.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the Science Fair participants! You are to be commended for the research, investigation, and hard work you put into your projects.

Results are listed below:

The Science Fair is supported by donations from the Casper Planetarium, Natrona County Education Association (NCEA), Dura-Line, Natrona County School District, and the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium.


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