EPSEF - Eastern Panhandle
Science and Engineering Fair
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EPSEF.org is the official site of the Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair, serving students from the West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, and the WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
EPSEF 2020 - High School Division has been canceled and will not be re-scheduled. 
March 13, 2020 -- With the announcement of indefinite state-wide school closures due to concerns of the community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair - High School Division has been canceled.

WVSEF Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns
By Shane Price, Fair Director | March 13, 2020
Responding to concerns over the potential for community spread of the novel Coronavirus, officials from the West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair (WVSEF) announced today that the state science fair has been canceled. According to a message posted on WVSEF's official website, "As a precaution and under the advisement of Governor Jim Justice and state health officials, the West Virginia Department of Education has canceled the West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair, scheduled for March 28, 2020. The fair will not be rescheduled."

EPSEF 2020 Official Results for Elementary and Middle School Competitions
By Shane Price, Fair Director | March 6, 2020
More than 200 elementary and middle school students from West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle gathered at the Ranson Civic Center on Friday to compete in the region's annual science and engineering fair.  In addition to recognizing the top three projects from each category, the fair also recognized students' efforts with several special awards and prizes.  
Notable winners include:
  • Kamryn Buck, 5th grader from Warm Springs Intermediate School in Morgan County, earned the Elementary Division's Best of Show award with a project entitled, "Boys vs. Girls: Who is the Dirtiest?" The top project in the Elementary Division also earned Kamryn a $50 cash award.
  • Ralph Wojtowicz, 7th grader from Moorefield Middle School in Hardy County, earned the Middle School Division's $100 Lemelson Early Inventor Prize for "Electrohydrodynamic Engines."
  • "Composting Styrofoam with Mealworms" earned Andrew Stone, 7th grader from Harpers Ferry Middle School in Jefferson County, the Middle School Division's Best of Show award, which includes a $100 cash award. 
All first-place category award winners from both Elementary and Middle School divisions now advance to compete in  WVSEF, the West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair, to be held Saturday, March 28 at Fairmont State University.  In addition, first-place category award winners from the Middle School Division are nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS, the world's premeire science competition for middle school students.
Click the link to view/download a PDF of the EPSEF 2020 Official Results for Elementary and Middle School.
EPSEF - High School Division is slated for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser.

2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search Postponed
Courtesy of The Society for Science | March 3, 2020
Regeneron STS PostponedThe Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search (originally planned for March 5-11 in Washington, DC) until this summer out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19 and in order to prioritize the health and safety of everyone who attends the event. (more)

Region 4 Science Fair in the News
Courtesy of WVNS TV | February, 15, 2020
Local middle school students test science with experiments... (more)

EPSEF 2020 Registration Update
By Shane Price | February, 24, 2020
EPSEF 2020 online registration for Elementary and Middle School Divisions is now closed.  All students are required to complete the one-page application.  Fair coordinators please collect completed applications and email scanned copies to Shane Price ASAP. 

Society for Science & the Public Announces Regeneron as New Title Sponsor of the International Science and Engineering Fair
Courtesy of Society for Science | December 12, 2019
Regeneron ISEF
The Society for Science & the Public is thrilled to announce Regeneron is the new title sponsor of the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest precollege science and engineering competition, with a commitment of approximately $24 million over a five-year period.
Established in 1950, ISEF gives the world’s best and brightest young scientists a global stage to share their outstanding STEM research, and compete for nearly $5 million in awards, prizes and scholarships. Each year, over 175,000 students compete in the Society’s more than 420 affiliated high school science fairs around the world. Top winners earn the right to compete at ISEF where nearly 2,000 finalists, half of which are young female scientists, are judged in 21 different categories.
As a company founded with the goal of transforming lives through science, Regeneron’s most important social commitment is supporting and inspiring future innovators. STEM education is at the core of their corporate citizenship efforts, representing more than ninety percent of their citizenship investments.
Regeneron’s commitment comes as the Society has created a new multitiered sponsorship model to support various judging categories, events and delegations of ISEF finalists. The Society is continuing to seek additional sponsors who are similarly committed to furthering the future of science and engineering, and will be announcing our other sponsors in the coming weeks and months.
This sponsorship builds on Regeneron and the Society’s long-standing partnership to advance STEM education, including through Regeneron’s $100 million, ten-year commitment to the Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious science competition for high school seniors.
Learn more about how to join the Society’s growing community of sponsors:

WVDE Takes Over the State Science Fair, Makes Changes
From the WVDE Teacher Ops | September 12, 2019
West Virginia Department of Education
The 2020 West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair (WVSEF) will include grades 3 – 12 this school year. The event will be on Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will continue to be held at Fairmont State University.

The high school rules and documents will align to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), but the middle and elementary rules will be modified a bit to make participation on those levels more user-friendly. Students who compete on the high school level will be eligible for competition at the International Science and Engineering Fair on May 10-15, 2020 in Anaheim, CA.

WVDE is the process of finalizing resources for the WVSEF. A web site is being created that will provide links to the documents, as well. The website and registration process will be similar to what has been used for the West Virginia Social Studies Fair for several years.

When the documents and website are ready, the information will be shared on the Superintendents Weekly Update and other WVDE listservs, as well as, the TeacherOps and StudentOps websites.
UPDATE (Dec 13, 2019): The new web site for the WVSEF is now online at https://wvde.us/wvsef/.

2020 Regional Fair Coordinators
Science Teachers, Science Fair Coordinators, and Directors from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia get an exclusive tour of the new, state of the art Procter and Gamble Tabler Station Mega Distribution Center in Martinsburg.
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