WSU Hosts Regional Science Fair for 350 Local Students

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University will host 350 students at the Ritchey Science & Engineering Fair, March 23 and 24 from in the Dee Events Center.

Harold Ritchey

The doors open at 9 a.m. for project setup. Students must be ready for judging by noon. Public viewing starts at 5 p.m., and the awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Northern Utah middle school and high school students who finished at the top of their individual school fairs will compete against other regional winners. Middle school students compete March 23 and high school students compete March 24.

Judges are community members who have academic or professional experience in science, technology, engineering and math. They will review and rank entries from approximately 250 students from grades six through eight and 100 students from high school. Categories include a wide spectrum of science topics, from botany to zoology.

“Encouraging STEM education in our young students is paramount,” said Matthew Nicolau, WSU’s medical laboratory sciences chair. “Four finalists are chosen from the senior fair to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering fair. Two observers (non-participants) are chosen from the junior fair to attend.

The Ritchey Science Fair is named in honor of Dr. Harold Ritchey who was the chairman of the board at Thiokol Chemical Company (now Orbital ATK) from 1949 to 1977. He invented detergent motor oil and owned patents in rocket propulsion, astronautics, petroleum and nuclear science. 

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