For the first time in its sixth year history, the annual Waukesha Colleges Science and Engineering Fair (WaCSEF) will be held at The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. This year’s fair on Saturday, February 25 will have top science students from southeastern Wisconsin high schools competing. Open to any high school student who does not have a regional fair in their surrounding area, participants are eligible for a variety of awards and they can also continue on to the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair (held in March) to compete for larger prizes. The Waukesha fair provides a hands-on opportunity for students to investigate STEM technologies that they are interested in. The public is invited to view the projects at 3pm, with the award presentation taking place at 3:30pm. Admission is free and provides a unique opportunity for younger students and families to view the science projects and learn more about the fair.
In addition to engineering and math/computers, project categories include biology, chemistry/biochemistry, environmental sciences, medicine/health, physics and behavioral/social science. According to Jim Jaeschke, a retired electrical engineer who serves as the fair organizer, there are awards in each project category. This year’s top prize is a week-long summer engineering boot camp, offered by UW-Waukesha’s Continuing Education Department and valued at $299. Jim noted that there are also monetary prizes of $125 (1st place), $100 (2nd place) and $75 (3rd place) as well as awards from the Army, Navy and Air Force. Retired from his job as an electrical engineer, Jim enjoys the student presentations and noted that “after talking with the students about all the marvelous things that they have done and discovered, I leave the fair saying to myself, there is hope in this world."
Students can compete individually or as a team, with projects tailored to their specific interests. Judging the student projects are volunteers from several area firms and college campuses, including CH2MHill, GE Medical, Milwaukee MCW, Carroll University, UW-Waukesha and UW-Parkside. While the timeline is fairly short, registrations are still being accepted. For complete information, visit the fair website at www.wacsef.org UW-Waukesha, the largest campus of the University of Wisconsin Colleges, is located at 1500 N. University Drive in Waukesha. With more than 1,800 students, the campus prepares students of all ages and backgrounds for baccalaureate and professional programs. For information about programs, admission or financial aid, visit waukesha.uwc.edu or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about UW-Waukesha's summer engineering boot camp.