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NC Science & Engineering Fair

NC Science Fair Foundation's 2022 Competition Will be Hosted Virtually

The NC Science Fair Foundation (NCSFF), proud sponsor of the NC Science and Engineering Fair, is pleased to announce that virtual competitions will be held in all 9 Regions and Statewide in the Spring of 2022.  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

State Fair Dates

Registration Deadlines

  • TBD - Senior Division
  • TBD -Junior and Elementary Divisions

Competition Dates

  • March 26 - Senior Division
  • TBD - Junior Division
  • TBD - Elementary Division

Award ceremonies for each division will be the afternoon following the competition.

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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 Questions?

If you have questions about competing in the fair use the following emails:

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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

TBA

 

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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: February 14-18, 2022

Registration and Form Deadline: January 17, 2022

Virtual event

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

Fair: February 25, 2022 (Elementary)

February 26, 2022 (Junior & Senior)

Registration Deadline: January 21, 2022

Virtual Event

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

TBA

TBA

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
TBA

TBA

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Moore, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Hoke, Bladen, Columbus, Montgomery, Scotland, Richmond, Robeson
Region 5
North Central Regional Science Fair

Fair: February 17-18, 2022

Registration and Form Deadline: February 2, 2022

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
Fair: February 10-12, 2022

Virtual Event

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(704) 687-8816

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

TBA

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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

February 14, 2022 (grades 3-5)

February 15, 2022 (grades 6-12)

TBA

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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

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