Several students from the local area will be traveling to Laramie next week to compete in the Wyoming State Science Fair.
According to the school press office, more than 300 students from 26 schools will be participating in the fair that runs from March 2-4 in the Union Ballroom. Student projects will be open for viewing from 1-2:30 Monday afternoon, March 3.
The local students participating are coming from the middle schools and high schools of Big Horn, Tongue River and Sheridan, and Sheridan's Holy Name Catholic School. All the students are coming in as winners from seven regional fairs that took place in January and February and included nearly 700 students.
Students winning at the state level may receive various monetary and non-monetary prizes or scholarship awards from local community and campus sponsors. Five top winners have the opportunity to attend the international state fair in May in California.
Joy Johnson is the state fair coordinator. She says the fair is presented each year as a way to encourage students throughout the state, from grades 6-12, to plan, organize, research, prepare and present a project of interest. This is the place, said Johnson, where students have the opportunity to interact with real-world scientists and get a taste of campus life.