EPSEF - Eastern Panhandle
Science and Engineering Fair

EPSEF '22
Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair
Elementary and Middle School Divisions


EPSEF
Science Fair
What's New?
EPSEF '22 is being planned as a live event. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a virtual event is also being planned as an alternative IF the live event is not possible.  Should the situation arise where students are unable to attend the fair due to county school closure EPSEF will work to ensure those students will have the opportunity to present their projects virtually.
 
In accordance with the West Virginia Department of Education and all participating public school systems, all EPSEF '22 entrants and attendees at an in-person, live event shall adhere to all COVID safety protocols in place on the day of the fair.
 
In addition to the traditional project display board or poster, students will be required this year to submit a high resolution photo of the project board or a PDF of the poster.  Alternatively, students may submit a "Quad Chart" and a "Project Presentation" formatted similar to last year.
 
Judging will be accomplished in two stages.  First, Judges will evaluate uploaded project files before in the days before the fair.  Next, judges will interview students like in previous live fairs.  Finally, scores from both stages will be combined to determine the winners.
 
In the event of a virtual fair, students may submit brief video presentations for judges to view offline.
 
Feeder fairs will register students for EPSEF '22.  Eligible students will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each category.  (See category lists below.)
 
Students affected by any feeder fair cancellation will be allowed to directly enter EPSEF '22.  Only students who are eligible for direct entry will electronically submit applications and project files directly to EPSEF. 
Date/Time
Friday, February 18, 2022 
Snow Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location
Ranson Civic Center
432 West 2nd Avenue
Ranson, WV 25438
Agenda
(Tentative)
9:30 AM - Check-In and Project Setup
10:30 AM - Opening Remarks
10:45 AM - Project Presentations and Judging
2:00 PM- Exhibit Hall Open for Public Viewing
3:00 PM - Presentation of Awards
3:30 PM - Project Removal and Clean-Up
 
Projects not removed by 4:00 PM will be "recycled."
Eligibility
Students in grades 3-8 who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in county science fairs from the Eastern Panhandle counties of Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. 
 
Note: If your county did not host a science fair this year you may still be eligible to participate.  Contact your science teacher or county science fair coordinator for more information.
Affiliation
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Affiliated with Broadcom MASTERS
EPSEF is affiliated with WVSEF, the West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair.
 
First place category winners from EPSEF will be eligible to compete in WVSEF.
 
EPSEF '22 Middle School Division is affiliated with the Society for Science and the Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars).
 
As a Society-affiliated fair, students who participate in EPSEF must observe the International Rules for Pre-college Science Research, as applicable to middle school students. 
 
Projects earning first place in each middle school category are nominated to participate as Broadcom MASTERS nominees.
Rules in Brief
EPSEF adheres to the rules of the West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair and to the International Rules for Pre-College Science Research, the official rules of the Regeneron ISEF as applicable to elementary and middle school students.
 
The purpose of these rules is to:
  • protect the rights and welfare of the student researcher and all human participants
  • protect the health and welfare of animals
  • ensure adherence to local, state, and federal regulations
  • ensure use of safe laboratory practices
  • protect the environment
  • determine eligibility for competition in the Broadcom MASTERS
  • to ensure the safety and well-being of fair visitors
Projects will be inspected for potential violations of the Display and Safety (D&S) Rules prior to judging. Without further notice to the participant, the D&S Inspector may remove or obscure any prohibited items on display and make safe any potentially hazardous condition. Where necessary, the D&S Inspector will make a reasonable attempt to work with particiapants to correct any serious violations. Projects with unresolved violations after commencement of judging will not be eligible to compete in subsequent Society-affiliated fairs.

The D&S inspector most commonly encounters violations of the following rules:
  • Absolutely NO liquids, not even water
  • No chemicals, food, grocery items, spices, or edible items
  • No plants, fruits, seeds, soil, sand, rock, or cement
  • No glass (no jars, containers, light bulbs, aquariums, etc; tablet/laptop computers are allowed)
  • No exposed sharp objects, pinch points, electrical wires, or other potential hazards
  • No insects, animals, body parts or fluids, etc (living or once living)
  • No algae, bacteria, fungi (molds, yeasts), protozoa, viruses, or other microscopic organisms
  • No items that may have contained or been in contact with hazardous substances
  • No lasers, bright lights, flames, loud noises, odors, or other distractions
  • No personal information (name, school, grade, web address, phone number, etc)
  • No active internet connections
Participants are encouraged to display photographs of their work. Photographs are usually an excellent alternative way to display otherwise banned items. Remember that photos should not include any human faces, animals in distress, or potentially offensive images.

This is only a summary list of common violations. Participants are strongly encouraged to carefully review the official ISEF International Rules for Pre-College Science Research, ISEF's complete Display and Safety Rules, and WVSEF Rules, found in the Elementary or Middle School Project Guides, respectively. Questions should be directed to the student's science teacher or the EPSEF SRC (Scientific Review Committee).
Ethics Statement
"Student researchers are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity.  Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. This includes plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs and the Broadcom MASTERS. The Scientific Review Commitee reserves the right to revoke recognition of a project subsequently found to have been fraudulent."
Categories
(Tentative)
EPSEF Elementary and Middle School Divisions use the WVSEF Categories.  Please note, the Fair Director reserves the right to change a project's category placement or combine categories with an insufficient number of entrants.
 
Elementary Categories (10):
  1. Animal and Plant Sciences (Biology A)
  2. Behavioral and Social Sciences (Biology B)
  3. Cellular, Molecular, Biomedical Sciences (Biology C)
  4. Chemistry and Biochemistry
  5. Engineering
  6. Mathematics
  7. Earth and Environmental Sciences
  8. Energy
  9. Physics and Astronomy
  10. Technology
Middle School Categories (12):
  1. Animal and Plant Sciences (Biology A)
  2. Behavioral and Social Sciences (Biology B)
  3. Cellular, Molecular, Computational Biology (Biology C)
  4. Medical and Health Sciences
  5. Chemistry and Biochemistry
  6. Earth and Environmental Sciences
  7. Energy
  8. Engineering
  9. Materials Science
  10. Mathematics
  11. Physics and Astronomy
  12. Technology and Systems
How to Enter
Submit all required items and any recomended or optional items by Friday, February 11, 2022.  See EPSEF '22 Project Items for detailed information.
 
REQUIRED Items:
 
  1. Eligible students and their parents/guardians will submit the electronic EPSEF 2022 Application Form and Abstract online.
 
  2. Students are to work with their science teachers to complete the required WVSEF paperwork. (Your science teacher will scan and email the completed forms to apply@epsef.org or bring completed forms to the fair.)
  • Required forms for Elementary division (See the WVSEF Elementary Project Guide pdf (.docx) for forms.)
    • Student Checklist (Form 1A)
    • Elementary School Abstract (2-pages)
    • Vertebrate and Human Research Form (Form VHRF), if applicable
  • Required forms for Middle School division (See the WVSEF Middle School Project Guide pdf (.docx) for forms.)
    • Checklist for Adult Sponsor (Form 1)
    • Student Checklist (Form 1A)
    • Research Paper or Research Plan (Form 1A2)
    • Approval Form (Form 1B)
    • Vertebrate and Human Research Form (Form VHRF), if applicable
    • (Abstract is submitted via online EPSEF '22 Application Form)
    • Other forms as required by WVSEF or ISEF rules  (Note: If Continuation Projects Form (7) is required, the Abstract, Form 1A, and Research Plan from the previous year or years must also be attached.)
  3. A digital representation of the project should be emailed to apply@epsef.org. The digital representation can be any ONE of the following:
RECOMMENDED Items (only if in-person fair is cancelled):
 
  4. Project Video (2-minute maximum)
 
OPTIONAL Items (only if in-person fair is cancelled):
 
 
Questions concerning the application process should be addressed to Shane Price, Fair Director at 307-270-7769 or email d.price@k12.wv.us. 
Judges and Volunteers
The Science Fair can only be made possible with a small army of volunteers.  If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help with the Science Fair, please complete the Judge and Volunteer Registration Form online.  Thank you! 
Prizes and Awards
Award sponsorship opportunities are available! Please contact us for more information.
 
In addition to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in each category, participants in the 2022 EPSEF  compete for a variety of Special Awards, including:
  • Best Graphic Design
  • Best Data Visualization
  • Best Application of the Scientific Method
  • Most Creative Model/Apparatus
  • Most Surprising/Unexpected Results
  • ISEF Alumni Award
Additional Prizes and Awards for Middle School Division participants:
  • Lemelson Early Inventor Prize ($100)
The Broadcom MASTERS is the nations' premier science fair competion for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, and the first place category winners have the onor of contiuing their science fair journey by applying to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS.  From the enrants, the Top 300 MASTERS will be selected and receibve a prize of $150.  The Top 30 Broadcom finaliststs will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes, including a top price of $25,000 and scholarships for STEM summer camps.,  Additionally, each of the finalists' schools will receive $1,000.
 
As a Society Affliated fair, the first place middle school award winners in each category are nominated to the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students.
 
The Broadcom MASTERS is the nations' premier science fair competion for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, and the first place winners in each middle school category have the honor of continuing their science fair journey by applying to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS.  The top 300 MASTERS entrants will be selected and receive a prize of $125.  Of those, the top 30 Broadcom MASTERS finaliststs will compete for more than $100,000 in prizes, including a top prize of $25,000 and scholarships for STEM summer camps.  Additionally, each of the finalists' schools will receive $1,000.
WVSEF
First place winners from each category will be eligible to compete in the 2022 West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair on Monday, March 7, 2022.
Additional Info
EPSEF coordinates and co-plans with WVSEF and ISEF.  As such, information is subject to change.
 
Your Adult Sponsor must be your science teacher (or another teacher if your science teacher is not available), even if you are learning from home.
 
Contact your science teacher, county science fair coordinator, or Shane Price, Fair Director at 304-270-7769 or email d.price@k12.wv.us
Contact
Shane Price, Fair Director
Tel: 304-270-7769
 
-- Updated Jan 26, 2022 SP