Science Fair 2021

To learn more about the Science Fair and Expo 2021, read on:

Students, Staff, Families, and Community, 

Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty of conditions, the decision was made to cancel the 2021 A. Mickey Church Science Fair & Expo that was scheduled in January 2021.  The risks to our students, families, and community are far too great to justify this year's event.   However, students can compete in the Western Regional Science & Engineering Fair!  Please check out this link for the modifications in place for this year's regional fair:
Region 8 Western Regional Science & Engineering Fair

If you have any questions, please call the Morris Education Center at 828-884-6173.

We hope to see you all back in person the following year!

Thank you,

Audrey Reneau, Science Fair Director

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Highlights from Science Expo 2020:

Members of the TIME Science Research Program, and our elementary and middle school students, will present science fair projects before moving on to regional and state competitions.

Each year, student-led TIME projects advance knowledge about Western North Carolina, as well as the fields of vector-borne disease, biochemistry, space technology, and more. This evening is an important opportunity for anyone who wants to know the state of our schools by speaking with young scientists. See below for a detailed list.

Brevard Middle School technology and design students will feature an indoor drone demonstration, applying their skills in coding and machine learning for advanced applications. These students are building worlds we have scarcely begun to imagine, but they will certainly be ready for any challenge.

In addition, Digital Learning Specialists will demonstrate tools that teachers and students use to prepare for the future of school and work. These include Virtual Reality headsets to transport classes across the world, into space, or to the center of a cell, and rovers and robots used to teach coding and critical thinking.

Brevard and Rosman Elementary staff and students will demonstrate technology tools they use from BeeBots to Sphero Bolts, and T.C. Henderson School of Science and Technology will lead STEM activities and demonstrate their robotics skills.

Finally, PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute), a valuable learning partner of Transylvania County Schools, will share information about Learning Center 2020, summer camps, and more.

Here are some of the science projects being presented by TIME students:
  • Antimicrobial Activity of Microorganisms Isolated from Western North Carolina Mushrooms
  • An Evaluation of Utilizing Nitrifying Bacteria in Conjunction with Martian Resources to Enable Hydroponic Growth
  • Evaluation of the Role of Cryptochromes in Culex quinquefasciatus Magnetoreception
  • Evaluating the Efficiency of Using Martian Materials as Fuel to Reach Martian Orbit
  • Developing Computational Models Using Deep Learning Softwares To Identify Individuals Within The Eastern Spotted Skunk Species
  • The Effectiveness of a 3D Printed Hydrogel to Sustain Algal Growth
  • Characterization of Pigments Extracted from Southern Appalachian Mushrooms as Sensitizers in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
  • Different Anodes Effects’ on Biofilm Formation of Local Photosynthetic Microorganisms in Biophotovoltaic Cells
In the past year, a record-high four TIME projects were invited to compete at both major national and international competitions—the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Of the fifteen North Carolina students attending AAAS in winter 2020, seven are from TIME and Brevard High School. Congratulations to Jennifer Williams, Paura Patch, Matthew Tuckey, and all the participants in TIME, for this achievement!

Learn more about TIME online at, and on Facebook, "TIME Science Research Program."


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