Regional High School Science Fair to be held at Potomac State

Event has been rescheduled for March 11

One hundred students from 12 high schools are participating in the Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair to be held Tuesday, March 3 at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University.

Participating high schools include: Frankfort, Keyser, Moorefield, Union, Petersburg, Berkeley Springs, Paw Paw, Hedgesville, Musselman, Pendleton County, Hampshire, and Spring Mills.

“This is one of the largest Science Fairs to be held in several years which should make judging quite challenging,” said Pat Mason, one of the organizers who previously served as an assistant superintendent with the Mineral County Board of Education.

Approximately 35 judges will assess 77 projects. Judging will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Lough Gymnasium at Potomac State; concurrent workshops will be held in Science Hall.

The speakers for the workshops are Barbara Glasbrenner, (mathematics) and Jill Schaumloeffel, (computer science); both serve as instructors at the College.

Schaumloeffel will present “The Games a Foot, Watson!: Exploring the use of cryptography in computer communications.” Students will gain an appreciation of the historical use of cyphers in communications, learn how these techniques are used in everyday computer communications and be given an opportunity to cypher and de-cypher a message.

Glasbrenner will present “What are my chances?: Game On!” In this workshop, participants will explore some of the most common and basic games of chance and will leave with an introduction to permutations and combinations to determine possible outcomes to assist in decision making. For example, students will learn how to determine the number of tickets one would need to buy in order to play all combinations possible in the Powerball lottery.

An Open House will follow the judging and workshops, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lough Gymnasium. The Awards Banquet is set for 5 p.m. at the Davis Conference Center on the College campus, with awards being given at 5:30 p.m.

The two most outstanding projects will advance to the International Science Fair being held in Pittsburgh, Penn. on May 10 to 15, with an Open House on Thursday, May 14.   Other first-, second- and third-place winners will proceed to the West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair at Fairmont State University.

Co-sponsors of the event include, RESA 8, Potomac State College of WVU and Mineral County Schools.