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NC Regional Fairs

region mapIn What Region Do I Participate In?
Your region for fair participation is determined by your school of record at the time when your region's NC Science & Engineering Fair is scheduled to be held. This means that if you conducted research outside your school's region during the spring, summer or fall semester you will still participate in the region of your school of record.

If you have a teammate outside your school of record's region, then you may participate in either your or your teammate's region only with permission of both regional NC Science & Engineering Fair Directors. We encourage you to contact regional fair directors as early as possible or at least 2 weeks prior to registration deadlines for Fairs.

Region Date Location Director Counties
Region 1
Northeast Region Science Fair

Fair: TBD week of Feb 22

Registration Deadline:

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Hertford, Gates, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Currituck, Camden, Bertie, Pitt, Beaufort, Greene, Hyde, Washington, Edgecombe, Halifax, Northampton, Dare, Tyrrell, Chowan, Martin, Lenoir

Region 2
Southeast Regional Science Fair

Fair: TBD

Registration Deadline:

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Sampson, Wayne, Craven, Pamlico, Jones, Onslow, Duplin, Carteret, Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick
Region 3A
Central Region Science Fair

Fair: Saturday, Feb 6th (grades 3-5) 

Saturday, Feb 13th (grades 6-8 and 9-12)

Registration Deadline: January 22, 2021

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Durham, Granville, Wake, Vance, Warren, Johnston, Wilson, Nash,  Franklin
Region 3B
NC School of Science & Mathematics Fair

Fair: TBD

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Dr.Jon Bennett
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Students attending NC School of Science and Mathematics from across North Carolina
Region 4
South Central Regional Science Fair

Fair: February 20, 2021

Registration Deadline: February 13, 2021

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Region 5
North Central Regional Science Fair

Fair: Feb 25-27

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2021

Virtual Event

Judy Day
(919) 880-2216

Stokes, Forsyth, Davidson, Rockingham, Guilford, Randolph, Caswell, Person, Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Davie, Surry (including Mt. Airy), Yadkin
Region 6
Southwest and Charlotte-Mecklenberg

Senior Division Fair: February 11, 2021 (grades 9-12)

Elementary & Junior Division Fair: February 13, 2021 (grades 3-8)

Registration Deadline: 

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(704) 687-8816

Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Lincoln, Gaston, Rowan, Cabarrus, Stanly, Union, Anson, Iredell
Region 7
Northwest Regional Science Fair

Fair: January 8, 2021 

Registration Deadline: December 18, 2020

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(828) 260-5977
Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Catawba, Alleghany, Wilkes, Yancey, Mitchell, McDowell, Alexander
Region 8
Western Regional Science Fair

Elementary Division Fair: February 16, 2021 (Grades 3-5)

Junionr & Senior Division Fair: February 17, 2021 (Grades 6-12)

Registration Deadline: 

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(828) 227-3679

Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Swain, Macon, Haywood, Jackson, Transylvania, Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford
Awards

Awards

Note: Awards subject to change based on sponsorship.

All Participants

Participant Medal and Certificate

Elementary Projects

Exemplary Projects - Plaques and $75 Check
Honorable Mention - Medallion

Junior Projects (Biological Sciences A; Biological Sciences B; Chemistry; Earth/Environmental; Physics; and Technology/Engineering):

1st Place - Plaque and $100 Check
2nd Place - Plaque and $75 Check
3rd Place - Plaque and $50 Check
Honorable Mention - Medallion

High School Projects (Biological Sciences A; Biological Sciences B; Chemistry; Earth/Environmental; Physics; and Technology/Engineering):

1st Place – Plaque and $125 Check
2nd Place – Plaque and $100 Check
3rd Place – Plaque and $75 Check
Honorable Mention - Medallion

Grand Awards

Dewey & Susan Ryals Memorial Award for the Elementary Division
Top 10% of the Junior projects will qualify to be nominated to the Broadcom Masters.

Top High School projects will qualify to be nominated to the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Special Awards

These awards will be distributed to projects that meet the guidelines that have been stipulated by the awarding organization or agency.

Awarding Organization/Agency

Award

Divisions

Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. Founders’ Award for Excellence in Public Health honor one senior project (11th or 12th grade) for promoting excellence in public health. The project can be listed under any scientific or engineering category. Certificate Senior - grades 11-12
ASM Materials Education Foundation Most Outstanding Exhibit in Materials Science Certificate Junior or Senior
Society for Science & the Public Community Innovation Award
One project that will better humanity and improve conditions in the local community
$500 Senior
Nomination for Stockholm Junior Water Prize for outstanding water science research project

Certificate, Nomination to participate in next level of contest

Senior – grades 9 to 12 and age 15 by August 1, 2019

Mu Alpha Theta Award for the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem involving modern mathematics.

Certificate

Senior

NOAA’s “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award goes to one individual whose research emphasizes NOAA’s mission to understand and predict changes in Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.

Certificate Junior or Senior Divisions

Yale Science and Engineering Award to the most outstanding eleventh grade project in computer science, engineering, physics, or chemistry

Preliminary Certificate with Formal Certificate and medallion to be sent later

Senior
Outstanding Projects awarded by the Office of Naval Research

Certificate

Junior and Senior

U.S. Metric Association Award for the project that involves a significant amount of quantitative measurement and best uses the SI metric system.

Certificate

Junior or Senior

United State Army Awards for scientific/engineering excellence in engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics/computer science, life sciences, and physical sciences.

Certificates

Senior

Association for Women Geoscientists Award for female student whose project exemplifies high standards of innovativeness and scientific excellence in the geosciences, illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences, or promote the sensitivity to the earth as a global system.

Certificate

Junior or Senior female participant

     
RICOH Sustainable Development Award  for efforts in addressing issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable development
Certificate Senior
NASA Earth System Science Award

Certificate

Senior

SPIE Optics and Photonics Science Fair Award  1st place award 
2nd place award
3rd place award
Senior
1st place award
2nd place award
3rd place award
Junior
American Psychological Association Certificate of Award for outstanding research in behavioral or social sciences.

Certificate

Junior or Senior

American Meteorological Society for Outstanding Achievement

Certificate

Senior

United States Air Force Awards

Certificate

Senior and Junior

Society for In Vitro Biology

Certificate

11th Grade

US Agency for International Development Science Champion Award Certificate Junior or Senior
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Young Naturalist Award

Certificate and $50

Elementary

North Carolina American Water Works - Water Environment Association

First, second and third place certificate

Elementary, Junior, Senior

SMT Promising Young Researcher Award

Certificate

Elementary and Junior

Map & Directions

The 2018 NC Science and Engineering Fair will be held at Talley Student Center, NC State University.

Schedule

 

Friday, March 27, 2020


2:00 – 7:30 pm  Elementary, Junior, and Senior  Check In and Set Up
 

Project check in at the Talley Student Union (TSU) Lobby (2nd Floor)

Elementary Set-up at TSU Rooms Coastal Ballroom (3rd Floor)
Junior and Senior Set-up at TSU Piedmont/Mountains Ballroom (3rd Floor)
  1. Unload project at the back of TSU off Dunn Avenue, then park vehicle in the designated parking area.
  2. Check-in at desk located in the TSU Lobby
  3. Verify location of your project and set up exhibits
  4. The Display and Safety Committee must approve your project before you leave your project. Display the approved green D&S check-off sheet.

Saturday, March 28, 2020


7:30 – 9:00 am

Project Check-In and Set Up at the TSU Lobby (2nd Floor). This time is reserved for students who were unable to check-in on Friday. Students must clear rooms by 9:15 am!

8:00 – 8:30 am

Judges Check-in
Elementary – TSU 3222, Jr. Judges – TSU 4280, Sr. Judges – TSU 3285

8:30 – 9:15 am

Judges Meeting and Orientation
Elementary – TSU 3222, Jr. Judges – TSU 4280, Sr. Judges – TSU 3285

8:30 - 9:00 am Exhibitor Set Up

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Science and Engineering Booths at TSU 3rd Floor.  (Complete the passport and win a prize!)

9:15 – 10:30 am

Elementary Judges Review Projects without students, TSU Coastal Ballroom

9:15 – 11:00 am

Junior & Senior Judges Review Projects without students – TSU Piedmont/Mountains Ballroom (2nd Floor)

9:15 – 9:45 am

Welcome - ELEMENTARY – Carmichael Gym (Courts 9-11)        

10:00 – 10: 30am

Welcome - JUNIORS & SENIORS - Carmichael Gym (Courts 9-11)

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Elementary Students: at projects in Coastal Ballroom TSU (3rd floor) for Judges’ Interviews. Students should bring reading or quiet activity to occupy their time. ONLY students, Fair Personnel, and Judges will be allowed in the rooms and adjacent halls during judging. Students must stay in the rooms with the room monitors until the end of the judging period. Parents, teachers and others may wait in TSU 2nd Floor common areas. (There are many places to sit and eat on the second floor)

Junior and Senior Students
are free for lunch – Those with Lunch Tickets should go to One Earth (TSU 2nd Floor) for lunch. If you did not purchase a lunch ticket, various choices for food located on the 2nd floor of TSU, there is also a Starbucks located on the 1st floor and can be accessed via the stairs in the bookstore. There is also a small Marketplace that sells sandwiches, snack’s, drinks and THE place to get your Howling Cow ice cream. You are also welcome to eat at Clark Dining Hall located a short walk down Cates Ave.
10:45  am – 12:15 pm

Junior and Senior Judges – Lunch available in judges’ rooms

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Elementary Judges – Lunch available in judges’ room

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Elementary Students are free for lunch. Those with Lunch Tickets should go to One Earth (TSU 2nd Floor) for lunch. If you did not purchase a lunch ticket, various choices for food located on the 2nd floor of TSU, there is also a Starbucks located on the 1st floor and can be accessed via the stairs in the bookstore. There is also a small Marketplace that sells sandwiches, snack’s, drinks and THE place to get your Howling Cow ice cream. You are also welcome to eat at Clark Dining Hall located a short walk down Cates Ave. Or pre-order a lunch by March 20

12:00 – 2:00 pm

Junior and Senior Students at projects in TSU Piedmont/Mountain’s Ballroom (3rd Floor) for Judges’ Interviews. Students should bring reading or quiet activity to occupy their time. ONLY students, Fair Personnel, and Judges will be allowed in the rooms and adjacent halls during judging. Students must stay in the rooms with the room monitors until the end of the judging period. Parents, teachers and others may wait in TSU 2nd Floor common areas. (There are many places to sit and eat on the second floor).  Or pre-order a lunch by March 20

1:00 – 3:30 pm

Elementary Projects Open to the Public- Students should be at their projects from 1-2pm. Students should divide their time between standing at their project and visiting other projects. Projects should remain until 3:30pm, when they can be dismantled.

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Junior and Senior Projects Open to the Public- - Students should be at their projects from 2-3pm. Students should divide their time between standing at their project and visiting other projects. Projects should remain until 3:30pm and no later than 5pm, when they can be dismantled.

2:30 – 3:15 pm

Elementary Awards Ceremony in Carmichael Gym (Courts 9-11)

3:30 – 4:15 pm

Junior Awards Ceremony in Carmichael Gym (Courts 9-11)

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Senior Awards Ceremony in Carmichael Gym (Courts 9-11)

3:30 – 5:00pm Exhibitors Dismantle Displays – If displays are not dismantled by 5:00pm, they will be removed by the Fair
 
NOTES:                       
  • Finalists Must Attend the Award Ceremony to Receive Their Awards! The only awards that will be shipped are for team projects when an additional trophy is needed.
  • Students may begin setting up as early as 2:00pm Friday at TSU. All projects should be in place and approved by the Display and Safety Committee by 9:00am Saturday for judging. Please allow time for the project to be inspected and approved.
  • Follow signs for locations to unload projects and parking. Please park only in designated area. Do not park in the pay area of the parking deck. The rest of the deck is free on Saturday.  The Fair is not responsible to parking tickets given to those parking in undesignated areas.
  • Closed judging will begin at 9:15am - students, parents and teachers MUST leave the TSU Ballrooms and adjacent hallways.
  • During closed judging students, parents and teachers may wait in TSU common areas. (There are many places to sit and eat on the second floor)
  • Students may tour NC State University or visit Raleigh, but must be back in time for Student Interviews as scheduled on Saturday. For convenience, pre-purchase meal tickets for lunch at OneEarth located in TSU. Other lunch options will be available for on-site purchase at TSU and Clark Dining Hall.
  • Students will stay with their projects during judge interviews. Students should bring reading or quiet activity to occupy their time. ONLY students, Fair Personnel, and Judges will be allowed in the rooms and adjacent halls during judging. Students must stay in the rooms with the room monitors until the end of the judging period.
NC Science & Engineering Fair

NC Science & Engineering Fair

NC Science Fair Foundation's 2020-2021 Competition Season Will be Hosted Virtually

The NC Science Fair Foundation (NCSFF), proud sponsor of the NC Science and Engineering Fair, is pleased to announce that competitions will be held in all 9 Regions and Statewide in the Spring of 2021.  We remain committed to providing equitable access to opportunities and will host all competitions in a virtual environment in order to ensure that health and safety concerns are not barriers to participation. 

To qualify for the state level fair, you must first compete and win in a North Carolina Regional Science & Engineering Fair.  To prepare, make sure you

Register

For those students whose research projects, congratulations for being selected by the nine regional science and engineering fairs in North Carolina to attend the state level North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair!    Visit STEM Wizard to complete your registration and pay the $25 registration fee (includes a T-shirt).

Financial Aid

Complete this form to request financial support for a student to participate in the NC Science and Engineering Fair (state level). Funds are limited and are not guaranteed. The NC Science Fair Foundation will contact the guardian based on the information provided in this form in order to verify the financial need and to discuss the availability of funds.

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