Western U.P. Science Fair and STEM Festival

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

4:15-8:30 pm  In Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Building


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Science Fair 2018 Results! 

Click here for individual results!

Click here for group results!

Click here for a photo gallery of the 2018 Science Fair and STEM Festival


NEEDED: Judges for the Western UP Science Fair

We need approximately 60 volunteers to judge the students’ projects.  Please consider serving as a judge for the Western UP Science Fair. The contribution of your valuable time and expertise would be greatly appreciated.

If you can serve as a judge, please complete this interest form or Emily Gochis at 482-0331 or egochis@copperisd.org .

Please indicate if you have children or students that are participating in the Western UP Science Fair and their grade level. We will assign you to an appropriate grade level.

Your time commitment for  Tuesday, March 19, 2019 would be from 5:30-8:30pm

MTU Student Organizations:

Please consider conducting an activity station activity at the 18th Annual Western UP Science Fair & STEM Festival that will be Tuesday, March 19 at the Memorial Union Building at Michigan Tech. The Science Fair is for students in grades 4-8 from all schools in the 5 western counties of the UP and will take place upstairs in the Ballroom. ~300 students (and their families) will attend!Can you or your organization conduct one or more hands-on Activity Stations for the STEM Festival? We will provide you with a FREE dinner and a great time!

If your organization can conduct an Activity Station, please contact Joan Chadde at 906-487-3341 or jchadde@mtu.edu


The 21st annual Western Upper Peninsula Science Fair and STEM Festival will take place on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Memorial Union on Michigan Tech’s campus from 4:15-8:30 pm. The event is open to all 4th-8th grade students in Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic, Houghton, and Ontonagon Counties. The individual and group registration deadline is Friday, February 22nd. All forms and registration information are are located at http://www.wupstem.org .

Students in grades 4-8 will submit projects on an investigation they conduct on any topic of interest, using the scientific process.  Students will receive a Student Planning Guide that provides information about the science fair, worksheets that will lead students through the design and implementation of an investigation and a science fair project.  The design of a science fair project is an excellent way to engage students in the scientific and engineering practices of the new Michigan Science Standards.

Students who receive Bronze, Silver or Gold rating at the Western UP Science Fair will have the opportunity to display their projects at the Carnegie Museum in Houghton, following the event.

The science fair and festival is designed to be a family event.  The public can view the science fair projects from 5:00-6:00pm in the ballroom of the Memorial Union.  The STEM festival will take place from 4:30-7:00pm in Commons Area of the Memorial Union. Michigan Tech students and faculty will provide a variety of hands-on science and engineering activities for K-8 students and their families.

The STEM Festival provides students and their families with nearly thirty hands-on Science & Engineering activity stations led by Michigan Tech student organizations and community members.  The community organizations that have conducted activities in past festivals were Society of Women Engineers, Delta Zeta, Alternative Energy Enterprise, to Mind Trekkers, Keweenaw Ojibwe Indian Community and Copper Country Recycling Initiative.  Examples of the types of activities were Making Concrete Aggregate Ice Cream, Marshmallow Toothpick Towers, Egg Drop, Remotely Operated Vehicles, Foundry in a Box, Bottle Terrariums, Friction Races, and so much more!

The Western UP Science Fair and STEM Festival is conducted by MiSTEM Network Western UP Region, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Michigan Tech Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society, and the Carnegie Museum.

The event is made possible due to the sponsorship of following Michigan Tech Departments: Mathematical Sciences; Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics; Civil & Environmental Engineering Social Sciences, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology; Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute; Ecosystem Science Center, Great Lakes Research Center; Pavlis Honors College; School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science; School of Technology; Sustainable Futures Institute; Office of the Provost; and Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

The Western UP Science Fair and STEM Festival is conducted by the MiSTEM Network Western UP Region and made possible by sponsorship of following Michigan Tech Departments and Student Organizations