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Important Dates & Times

Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Saturday February 20, 2016 at 12:00 AM
Sunday March 06, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Tuesday March 08, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Sunday March 06, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Monday March 07, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Due to unexpected technical difficulties, there will be no online registration.  Please contact your regional fair director for paper registration forms for the Wyoming State Science Fair.

 

The Wyoming State Science Fair abides by the rules of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (INTEL ISEF).  A complete set of these rules and guidelines is available at https://member.societyforscience.org/document.doc?id=632 .  This document contains all the rules and required forms for student research entries.  

At a minimum, all students must complete the Student Checklist (1A), Research Plan, Approval Form (1B), Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1) forms. 

Additional forms may be required for research involving human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardouns biological agents, and hazardous chemicals/activities/devices.

 

These INTEL ISEF rules and guidelines are in place to:

•Protect the rights and welfare of the student researcher and of human participants

•Protect the health and welfare of vertebrate animal subjects

•Ensure adherence to federal regulations

•Ensure use of safe laboratory practices

•Protect the environment

•Determine eligibility for competition in the Intel ISEF

 

Please contact the Wyoming State Science Fair Coordinator, Erin Stoesz, if you have any questions or concerns about these rules or guidelines.

About the Wyoming State Science Fair 2016

The Wyoming State Science Fair (WSSF) provides a forum for Wyoming student scientists to share their research.  The State Science Fair encourages Wyoming students in grades 6-12 to plan, organize, research, prepare and present research of their interest.  Participation in the Wyoming State Science Fair engages students in real-life science experiences, interact with professionals in the field, and review and apply of relevant research. Students may receive awards, scholarships and recognition. The top young scientists, mathematicians or engineers may earn the opportunity to represent Wyoming at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the largest pre-college celebration of science, in May.

 

Wyoming State Science Fair 2016 Hotels

We have some blocks of rooms in the following hotels reserved at a special Wyoming State Science Fair rate.  Reserve rooms soon to take advantage of these offers.  When calling, please refer to the event name: Wyoming State Science Fair 2016

 

Hilton Garden Inn at 2229 Grand Ave -- $99/night for a double room March 6 and 7, 2016.  Visit this website to book rooms directly:

http://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/L/LARLAGI-WYSSF-20160306/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

 

Public Display

Enfore visitors when and where the can go to see the various fair projects.

What to Expect During the Fair



Animal Sciences

   This category includes all aspects of animals and animal life, animal life cycles, and animal interactions with one another or with their environment. Examples of investigations included in this category would involve the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals, animal ecology, animal husbandry, entomology, ichthyology, ornithology, and herpetology, as well as the study of animals at the cellular and molecular level which would include cytology, histology, and cellular physiology.     

 

Behavioral & Social Sciences

   The science or study of the thought processes and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods. 

 

Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics

1) Biochemistry: Studies that engineer or develop processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste, or the control of pollution;

2) Cellular & Molecular Biology: This is an interdisciplinary field that studies the structure, function, intracellular pathways, and formation of cells. Studies involve understanding life and cellular processes specifically at the molecular level;

3) Bioinformatics & Computational Biology: Studies that primarily focus on the discipline and techniques of computer science and mathematics as they relate to biological systems. This includes the development and application of data-analytical and theoretical methods, mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques to the study of biological, behavior, and social systems.

Biomedical & Health Sciences

   This category focuses on studies specifically designed to address issues of human health and disease. It includes studies on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention or epidemiology of disease and other damage to the human body or mental systems. Includes studies of normal functioning and may investigate internal as well as external factors such as feedback mechanisms, stress or environmental impact on human health and disease. 

 

Chemistry

   Studies exploring the science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter not involving biochemical systems. 

 

Earth & Environmental Sciences

   Studies of the environment and its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span, as well as studies of Earth systems and their evolution. 

 

Energy and Transportation
Study of the energy and transporation. Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering, Aerodynamics, Alternative Fuels, Fossil Fuel Energy, Vehicle Development, Renewable Energies, etc.
Engineering Design & Innovation

Studies that focus on the science and engineering that involve movement or structure. The movement can be by the apparatus or the movement can affect the apparatus. 

Environmental Management

Studies that engineer or develop processes and infrastructure to solve environmental
problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste, or the control of pollution.  

Materials & Consumer Sciences

The study of the characteristics and uses of various materials with improvements to their design which may add to their advanced engineering performance.

Microbiology

The study of micro-organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, prokaryotes, and simple eukaryotes as well as antimicrobial and antibiotic substances.

Physics, Astronomy & Planetary Sciences

Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. Astronomy is the study of anything in the universe beyond the Earth.

Plant Sciences

   Studies of plants and how they live, including structure, physiology, development, and classification. Includes plant cultivation, development, ecology, genetics and plant breeding, pathology, physiology, systematics and evolution. 

 

Robotics, Computer, Mathematical Sciences

1) Embedded Systems: Studies involving electrical systems in which information is conveyed via signals and waveforms for purposes of enhancing communications, control and/or sensing;

2) Robotics & Intelligent Machines: Studies in which the use of machine intelligence is paramount to reducing the reliance on human intervention;

3) Systems Software: The study or development of software, information processes or methodologies to demonstrate, analyze, or control a process/solution.    

Judging Criteria for Wyoming State Science Fair

(taken from https://student.societyforscience.org/judging-criteria-intel-isef)

 

The following evaluation criteria are used for judging at the Wyoming State Science Fair.  These criteria are the same as those used at the Intel ISEF.

As shown below, science and engineering have different criteria, each with five sections as well as suggested scoring for each section. Each section includes key items to consider for evaluation both before and after the interview. 

 Students are encouraged to design their posters in a clear and informative manner to allow pre-interview evaluation and to enable the interview to become an in-depth discussion. Judges should examine the student notebook and, if present, any special forms such as Form 1C (Regulated Research Institution/Industrial Setting) and Form 7 (Continuation of Projects).  Considerable emphasis is placed on two areas:  Creativity and Presentation, especially the Interview section, and are discussed in more detail below.

Creativity:   A creative project demonstrates imagination and inventiveness.  Such projects often offer different perspectives that open up new possibilities or new alternatives.  Judges should place emphasis on research outcomes in evaluating creativity. 

Presentation/Interview:  The interview provides the opportunity to interact with the finalists and evaluate their understanding of the project’s basic science, interpretation and limitations of the results and conclusions.  

  • If the project was done at a research or industrial facility, the judge should determine the degree of independence of the finalist in conducting the project, which is documented on Form 1C.
  • If the project was completed at home or in a school laboratory, the judge should determine if the finalist received any mentoring or professional guidance. 
  • If the project is a multi-year effort, the interview should focus ONLY on the current year’s work.  Judges should review the project’s abstract and Form 7 (Intel ISEF Continuation Projects) to clarify what progress was completed this year. 
  • Please note that both team and individual projects are judged together, and projects should be judged only on the basis of their quality.  However, all team members should demonstrate significant contributions to and an understanding of the project.

Judging Criteria for Science Projects

I.  Research Question 

  • clear and focused purpose
  • identifies contribution to field of study
  • testable using scientific methods

II.  Design and Methodology 

  • well designed plan and data collection methods
  • variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete  

III.  Execution:   Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation

  • systematic data collection and analysis
  • reproducibility of results
  • appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods
  • sufficient data collected to support interpretation and  conclusions

IV.  Creativity 

  • project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.    Presentation  

   a. Poster

  • logical organization of material
  • clarity of graphics and legends
  • supporting documentation displayed

   b. Interview

  • clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions
  • understanding of basic science relevant to project
  • understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions
  • degree of independence in conducting project
  • recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics
  • quality of ideas for further research
  • for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members

Judging Criteria for Engineering Projects

I. Research Problem

  • description of a practical need or problem to be solved
  • definition of criteria for proposed solution
  • explanation of constraints

II.  Design and Methodology

  • exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem
  • identification of a solution
  • development of a prototype/model

III.  Execution:  Construction and Testing

  • prototype demonstrates intended design
  • prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials
  • prototype demonstrates engineering skill and completeness

IV.  Creativity 

  • project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

V.    Presentation 

   a. Poster

  • logical organization of material
  • clarity of graphics and legends
  • supporting documentation displayed

   b. Interview

  • clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions
  • understanding of basic science relevant to project
  • understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions
  • degree of independence in conducting project
  • recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics
  • quality of ideas for further research
  • for team projects, contributions to and understanding of project by all members

 

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