EPSEF - Eastern Panhandle
Science and Engineering Fair

EPSEF 2020
Eastern Panhandle Science and Engineering Fair
Elementary and Middle School Divisions

Science Fair
Friday, March 6, 2020 (Snow Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2020)
Doors open 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ranson Civic Center
432 West 2nd Avenue
Ranson, WV 25438
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."
Students in grades 3-8 who placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd place 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 for Elementary Students: If your county did not host an elementary science fair this year you]may still be eligible to participate.  Contact your science teacher for more information.
Affiliated with Broadcom MASTERS
The 2020 EPSEF Middle School Division is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public network and the Broadcom MASTERS.
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 category are nominated to participate as Broadcom MASTERS nominees.
Rules in Brief
EPSEF adheres 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; tablets/laptops are allowed)
  • No exposed sharp objects, pinch points, electrical wires, or other potential hazards
  • No insects, animals, body parts or fluids, bacteria, etc (living or once living)
  • 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 complete Display and Safety Rules in advance of fair participation. Questions should be directed to the student's science teacher or the SRC.
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."
EPSEF Elementary and Middle School Divisions use the Regeneron ISEF 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.
  • Animal Sciences (ANIM)
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences (BEHA)
  • Biochemistry (BCHM)
  • Biomedical and Health Sciences (BMED)
  • Biomedical Engineering (ENBM)
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology (CELL)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (CBIO)
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences (EAEV)
  • Embedded Systems (EBED)
  • Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design (EGSD)
  • Engineering Mechanics (ENMC)
  • Environmental Engineering (ENEV)
  • Materials Science (MATS)
  • Mathematics (MATH)
  • Microbiology (MCRO)
  • Physics and Astronomy (PHYS)
  • Plant Sciences (PLNT)
  • Robotics and Intelligent Machines (ROBO)
  • Systems Software (SOFT)
  • Translational Medical Science (TMED)
How to Enter
OPTION 1: Students entering via school or county fairs please complete the one-page application and submit it through your science teacher or county science fair coordinator.  Fair coordinators please contact Shane Price, Fair Director at 307-270-7769 or email d.price@k12.wv.us.
OPTION 2: Elementary students from areas not hosting school or county science fairs please complete the online application for direct entry.  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
In addition to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in each category, participants in the 2020 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
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.
After nominees submit their online applications, the 300 top projects are recognized.  Of those, the top 30 finalists earn all-expense-paid travel to Washington, D.C. to present their research projects and compete in team hands-on STEM challenges to demonstrate their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.  Broadcom MASTERS awards a number of cash prizes, including a $25,000 top prize. 
Winners from 18 categories will be eligible to compete in the 2020 West Virginia Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 28.  Judges will decide the participants in cases where there is more than one project eligible for a given WVSEF category. 
For More Information 
Contact your science teacher, county science fair coordinator, or Shane Price, Fair Director at 304-270-7769 or email d.price@k12.wv.us
-- Updated Feb 9, 2020 SP
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