Address: 835 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13204

E-mail:     Phone: (315) 422-2902

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What’s here?

The Core
Additional Competitions
Virtual Resources



Science fairs, schools and other organizations in the TRFSEF region support young people as they explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Those fairs whose dates fall after our deadline simply complete a school/fair registration and let us know how many students they will advance to the TRFSEF. That lets us recruit sufficient judges. As soon as the local fair has taken place, the fair completes online registration with us.

  1. Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
    The top of the science fair pyramid, IISEF sets the standards for its affiliate fairs.
  2. Science Buddies
    The most complete resource for science fair projects, from choosing your topic to handling safety issues to making the poster, on ScienceBuddies you can even watch videos by scientists and engineers about their careers, or submit questions to “Ask the Expert” forums!
  3. Your community
    Youth programs such as 4-H, GSA, BSA and Boys and Girls Clubs offer STEM activities that can inspire science fair projects … and often link students to mentors. Your town’s library is a goldmine.
  4. Homeschooling and Science Fairs: How to incorporate a science fair project into the IHIP and quarterly reports required by NYS PDF
  5. How the PTA can launch a science fair! PDF


Additional Fair Competitions for Your Research


Schools/programs that Support Precollegiate Research


Virtual Resources

Citizen Science Treasure Chests: How exciting it is to be part of a “big science project” operating across your state or around the world! Do a search on “citizen science” - especially what’s available through NASAScientific American, Cornell Ornithology Labs, or New York’s own Department of Environmental Conservation.

A Piece of the Puzzle is a video helps explain science fairs to students thinking about a project, administrators needing to understand why staff time should go to this effort, PTO/PTA groups so they can get excited about sponsoring a school fair, the local IEEE chapter so they can come on board as judges, and the CEO of a local company so s/he can write a check and fund your fair or provide some awards. Created by New York City producer Patrick Finlon, A Piece of the Puzzle is available to every teacher and fair committee member inspiring our young people to become scientists and engineers. LINK

Design-Make-Play’s report from the 2012 “Design-Make-Play: Growing the Next Generation of Science Innovators” conference at New York Hall of Science encourages those of us advocating for precollegiate STEM to keep slogging. What a great approach to gathering inspiring partners in the effort! LINK

ipl2 For Kids “Science Fair Project Resource Guide” is no longer supporter, but its active links are still valuable. LINK

Mad Science Network has a lot of fun web “nooks and crannies” from the Washington University School of Medicine. LINK provides a reasonably well-maintained battery of links to science project ideas in many categories, not just polymer research. LINK

Science Fair Central - an intriguing co-project of Home Depot and Discovery Education - has both science and engineering project ideas! LINK

Society of Automotive Engineers “A World in Motion” is always a joy! LINK

YouTube is a remarkable resource, with people showing off their crazy science and engineering feats. Note: Adults should be part of this process, since some of the things on YouTube are just plain dangerous.