Address: 835 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13204

E-mail:     Phone: (315) 422-2902

E-mail the Fair Director



Mon-Fri 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Weekends by appointment only!


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How do you do a science fair project?
Where else can you bring your project?
Help in choosing a project    

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Guides to Online Registration at STEM WizardStudent PDF

Every student in the TNRSEF should be registering for the Champlain Valley Science Fair, too - that is your Science Congress! LINK



Who can register for the TNRSEF?

All students in grades 6-12* from Akwesasne and Clinton, Essex, Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties

What sort of projects can you bring?

  1. Research / Engineering Design
    Experimental data or engineering steps
    Junior: Grades 6-8*  (Jr. RED)
    Senior: Grades 9-12 (Sr. RED)
  2. Topic Presentations
    STEM topics or models, NO data
    Grades 6-12 (Topic)

Not sure where you fit? Use our WIZARD to figure out. PDF

* Younger students who place in 6th grade math or above on this approved placement tool may compete in the TRFSEF. PDF



Have you heard the phrase “It’s not brain surgery”? Well, the process of doing a science fair project is not brain surgery. It is a path from asking a question to figuring out how to find an answer to communicating what you learned. If YOU own this process by doing it yourself, the knowledge you gain is also yours!

Research / Engineering Design (RED)
Download this Research / Engineering Design How-to Guide for choosing your topic, doing your project, and preparing for the TNRSEF.

There are important safety issues with an RED project. If you are a high school student, Benjamin Pollack (an Intel ISEF winner) talks about the safety process and preparing the paperwork for the Scientific Review Committee in this article. LINK

Review this overview of the various forms for Senior RED projects required by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (IISEF). Using that with IISEF’s wizard will get you through the process efficiently. LINK

HINT: Remember that the SRC members want to know when the particular thing happened, NOT the day you handed the form to an adult for his/her signature. Use your lab notebook notes to find the day, for example, when you first talked with your mentor, got the safety training on the piece of equipment you used, or reviewed your procedures and research plan with an adult. THOSE are the dates the SRC needs to see.

Topic Presentation (Topic)
Download this Topic Presentation How-to Guideto help you prepare for the regional science fair.

If you have questions, email the Science Fair Director.

More Student Resources

Project idea wizard at Science Buddies LINK
See what a fair is all about!
And don’t forget to share the
TNRSEF’s poster PDF

Guides to Online Registration at STEM WizardStudent PDF

Learn more about what it means to partcipate in a science fair! Watch Science Fairs: A Piece of the Puzzle or click here!

Interested in the awards available this year? Check out this list >>> PDF


All RED students should review the required safety paperwork before you start experimenting or building your design. Plan your work and get it approved by the required adults. Gather the necessary signatures!

Senior RED SRC Forms - Download HERE
Junior RED Safety Paperwork - Download PDF

Email the SRC Chair with questions.

Guides to Online Registration at STEM Wizard:  Student PDF 


The TNRSEF is also your route to Intel ISEF, the Genius Olympiad, the New York State Science Congress, and the Broadcom Masters. And don’t miss the Fair Day filled with hands-on fun, lab tours, and other adventures, plus meeting judges who care about what YOU have learned!

But ALSO register for these great opportunities to share your work, learn from judges, and make new friends:

  • Champlain Valley Science Fair and Science Congress LINK
  • School science fairs across our territory
  • Genius Olympiad LINK
  • Junior Science and Humanities Symposium LINK


Once upon a time, the old Mankato CyberFair included this clear presentation of “Five Key Ways to Develop One’s Own Research Topic.”

  1. Look at lists of science categories and pick one that interests you. Then narrow that down to a project, e.g., if you pick psychology, narrow it to the differences between boys and girls, then to a topic like “Do boys remember boy-type pictures (footballs) better than girl-type pictures (flowers)?”
  2. Use your experiences. Remember a time you noticed something and thought “I wonder how that works?” or “I wonder what would happen if…” Then turn that into a project.
  3. Check the school library’s science section. Browse and look at book titles, then look inside ones that look interesting to you. Thumb through encyclopedias and magazines. Good magazines for ideas are: National Geographic, Discover, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Mother Earth News, Prevention, and Garbage.
  4. Think about current events. Look at the newspaper. People are hungry in Africa because of droughts (growing plants without much rain; which types grow with little water). Or the ozone hole over Antarctica (non-aerosol ways to spray things). Or oil spills (how to clean oil out of water).
  5. Watch commercials on TV. Test their claims. Does that antiperspirant really stop wetness better than other ones? What are the real differences between Barbie and imitation Barbie dolls? Can kids tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi if they don’t know which they are drinking?