Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association’s Regional Science Fairs in March 2017; Middle and High School Students Invited to Participate; Volunteer Judges Needed

Following is an announcement from the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association about the organization’s annual regional science fairs for middle and high school students.

The Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association (VLWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting scientific and educational efforts to protect the quality and uses of Virginia’s Lakes and Watersheds.   In order to promote education awareness at the middle and high school grade levels, the VLWA offers special awards at the regional science fairs located throughout the Commonwealth.   Awards will be offered to those science fair projects that provide sound scientific research associated with stormwater studies, water-quality improvements, and watershed investigations as they relate to our local waters.  Judges will select a winner at the high school and the middle school levels based on relevance to VLWA’s mission in addition to project appearance, clarity, and sound scientific method.

The Regional Science Fair competitions are held during March.  The high school winner at each fair will receive a $100 gift card from the VLWA and the middle school winner will receive a $50 gift card.  Many fairs are open only to public school children, while some also allow home school and private school participation.  Please encourage the students of family, friends, and colleagues to participate in these events and support the sciences in our schools!

Interested adults can also participate in these events by serving as judges in the various categories or by judging only for the VLWA award.  Listed below are the fairs, dates, locations, contacts, and localities covered by each fair.  To participate or volunteer, please contact the fair directly.   If you would like additional information, please contact Rebecca Francese at (757) 636-0082 or e-mail her at beccaf@waterway.net.  Volunteering at the Regional Science Fairs is an easy and relevant way to support STEM education in our school system.  Please consider investing a day in the future scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Blue Ridge Highlands Regional Science Fair, Radford, 3/3/2017-3/4/2017.  Contacts: Christine Hermann and Dr. Kimberly Lane, 540-831-5413, chermann@radford.edu or sciencefair@radford.edu.  Localities covered: Bland County, Galax City, Bristol City, Dickenson County, Giles County, Grayson County, Lee County, Buchanan County, Scott County, Russell County, Carroll County, Wythe County, Smyth County, Pulaski County, Wise County, Tazewell County, Washington County, Montgomery County, Big Stone Gap City.

Central Virginia Regional Science Fair, Lynchburg, 3/3/2017-3/4/2017.  Contact: Cheryl Lindeman, clindeman@cvgs.k12.va.us.  Localities covered: Bedford City, Appomattox County, Amherst County, Campbell County, Bedford County, Lynchburg City.

Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Fairfax, 3/17/2017-3/19/2017.  Contact: Jenay Leach, 571-423-4785, Jenay.leach@fcps.edu.  Localities covered: Fairfax City, Fairfax County.

Fauquier County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Warrenton, 3/11/2017.  Contact: Chandra Wilkemeyer, ScienceFair@fcps1.org.  Locality covered: Fauquier County.

Loudoun County Science and Engineering Fair, Ashburn, 3/23/2017.  Contact: Jennifer Chang, (571) 252-1360, jennifer.chang@lcps.org.  Locality covered: Loudoun County.

Metro Richmond STEM Fair, Richmond, 3/10/2017-3/11/2017.  Contact: Vonita Giddings, vgidding@rvaschools.net.  Localities covered: King William County, Colonial Heights City, Petersburg City, Powhatan County, Hanover County, Richmond City, Henrico County, Chesterfield County.

Northern Virginia Science and Engineering Fair, Arlington, 3/4/2017-3/5/2017.  Contact: Christine Reid, 703.228.6166, chris.reid@apsva.us.  Localities covered: Falls Church City, Alexandria City, Arlington County.

Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair, Manassas, 3/11/2017.  Contact: Darla Edwards, (703) 791-7240, edwarddj@pwcs.edu.  Localities covered: Manassas City, Prince William County.

Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair, Harrisonburg, 3/7/2017.  Contact: Thomas DeVore, 540-433-6672; devoretc@jmu.edu.  Localities covered: Highland County, Bath County, Rockbridge County, Staunton City, Winchester City, Page County, Harrisonburg City, Warren County, Shenandoah County, Augusta County, Rockingham County, Frederick County.

Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair, Norfolk, 3/11/2017.  Contacts: Lisa Field/Abbie Martin/Jana Eggleston, president@tidewatersciencecongress.org.  Localities covered: Williamsburg City, Franklin City, Northampton County, Southampton County, Accomack County, Isle Of Wight County, Gloucester County, James City County, York County, Suffolk City, Hampton City, Newport News City, Norfolk City, Chesapeake City, Virginia Beach City.

Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair, Charlottesville, 3/9/2017.  Contact: Adrian Felts, 434-227-9066, director@vprsf.org.  Localities covered: Rappahannock County, Nelson County, Greene County, Madison County, King George County, Louisa County, Fluvanna County, Culpeper County, Albemarle County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County.

Western Virginia Regional Science Fair, Roanoke, 3/4/2017.  Contact: Mark Levy, (540) 853-2116, mlevy@rvgs.k12.va.us.  Localities covered: Craig County, Covington City, Radford City, Floyd County, Patrick County, Alleghany County, Salem City, Botetourt County, Franklin County, Henry County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County.

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