North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair

March 24-25, 2023
NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Welcome to the 2023 North Carolina Hybrid Science and Engineering Fair!  We are all excited to be providing both a virtual and an in-person experience for our student researchers to compete this year!  After three years, we will once again be on the NC State University campus for our in-person event.  Special thanks to NC State University’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Research for their support.  Below please see the "Important Links" to details you will need before arriving at NC State.

Students in grades 3 -12 from across North Carolina who have advanced from one of our ten Regional Fairs, will now  compete for state honors.  Independent student-led research expands their knowledge of a subject and exposes them to the excitement found in discovery and problem solving found in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics fields.  Sharing their discoveries promotes the development of communication skills and allows our students to become experts in their area of research.  Our goals are to stimulate innovation and creativity in exploring STEM disciplines that will help to encourage the future problem solvers of our nation. 

Download the app

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New for 2023, you can have the latest information on the fair in the palm of your hand with the Guidebook app, made possible by North Carolina State University Division of Academic and Student Affairs.

Get started by downloading the app for iOS or Android here: guidebook.com/g/ncsef

You'll find schedules, directions and maps, rules as well as judging criteria.  Be sure to download it before the fair and review the checklist to make sure you and your project are ready!


Student Schedule for the 2023 Hybrid NC Science and Engineering Fair

Full Detailed Schedule

Date Activities
Thursday, March 23

Students who select to participate virtually will be scheduled in advance for interviews with judges via Zoom. Virtual students will be fully considered for all awards.

Friday, March 24

Between 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm, students may check-in at the Talley Student Union - 2nd Floor. Then they can set-up their projects across the street in the Carmichael Wellness and Recreation Center. Both are on Cates Avenue on NC State Campus.

Saturday, March 25
  • Between 7:30 am and 9:00 am, students who did not set-up on Friday must check-in and set-up their project.
  • NCSEF Welcome begins at 9:15 am for all students, parents, and guests in the Talley Ballroom.
  • STEM Exhibitors begin at 9:30 outside the Ballroom for students.
  • Elementary Interview Judging is 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in Carmichael Wellness and Recreation Center.
  • Junior and Senior Interview Judging is 12:00 to 1:45 pm in Carmichael.
  • Elementary Projects open to the public at 1:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Junior and Senior Projects open to the public at 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Award Ceremonies are all in the Talley Ballroom (will be recorded and hopefully streamed):
    • Elementary – 2:30 pm
    • Junior – 3:30 pm
    • Senior – 4:30 pm

 

Important Links for the Fair


Questions?

If you have questions about competing in the fair, please contact:

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