BOONE—A total of 379 students from 81 schools participated in the Northwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair hosted Dec. 15 by Appalachian State University’s Math and Science Education Center.
Participants in the Northwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair included Andrew Scarbro (top photo) and Leah Bowman (bottom photo). Scarbro, a third grader from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Wilkes County, researched what substances will melt ice the fastest. He is the son of Melissa and Larry Scarbro Bowman, a fifth grade student from Copeland Elementary School in Surry County, studied the pH level of different water sources. She is the daughter of Julia and Harley Vestal.
Teachers from 13 school systems along with faculty members from the university judged a total of 304 projects selected for the competition.
Counties represented were Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Surry, Yadkin, Watauga and Wilkes.
The fair provided an opportunity for elementary, middle and high school students to display the results of their work involving research, planning, and application of scientific methods.
Winners from the eight district-level competitions will participate in the state science fair in Raleigh April 2016.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.