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!


Students list their teacher when they register.
Each teacher will receive a $10 Amazon gift card as a thank you and a help toward
expenses in preparation for the TRFSEF.


What’s here?

What is a teacher’s job for science fairs?
What is the fair vocabulary my students will use?
What else do I need?


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Teacher Registration Notice Front Page









Teachers only need to provide the following to your student for registration: your name, school, email, and phone number (you may use the school's number).

Guides to STEM Wizard online registration:   Student PDF

Teachers/Mentors/Parents play widely-differing roles to inform, support, guide or even mentor students who are asking their own questions and seeking their own answers.


Level One: Toss out the seeds.
It can be as time-easy as signing one line on paperwork the student prepared independently.You can send home fair info, or put up a TRFSEF poster for Parents’ Night. You might project “Science News for Students” on the board before class starts. Some teachers keep classrooms open for kids to work on projects before or after school, and facilitate their online registration at TRFSEF. In EVERY case, teachers have encouraged a student’s exploring talent and career options!


Level Two: Be wind under their wings.
Students put more time and energy into projects inspired by their own interests. Invite them to use … but don’t tell them what project to select. Become the Crucial Listener


Level Three: Shepherd them through the process and toot their horn.
You might think “Deadline and Paperwork Shepherd.” Students doing RED projects (ones in which they gather data of some sort rather than just prepare a topic presentation) need to complete safety paperwork BEFORE they start experimenting or building, with signatures of adults who can appropriately evaluate the procedures and materials being used. The TRFSEF can help with that, so get in touch.
If students really get on board, teachers and principals have brought that news to the school’s PTO, the local Rotary or Grange, or the town’s pizza shop. Who would host a school science fair so people to affirm these hardworking kids making good decisions?


Level Four: Mentor students as they do their projects.
This is more time consuming, but also wonderfully rewarding. Be sure to click the “Mentors” link above, since that role is very safety related.




Topic Presentation: These students simply prepare a poster and report. They collect NO data, or make nothing more than a simple model.


Research / Engineering Design: A student’s RED project will involve collecting data and recording the results in a bound lab notebook.S/he will (1) run an experiment, collect data and analyze results, or (2) make continuous improvements while, for example, building a machine or designing software.  


Safety Paperwork: There is paperwork required for every project submitted to the science fair. For Topic Presenters and middle school students, it is a two-page form. High school RED students must submit “SRC forms” to the Scientific Review Committee. They can complete their paperwork for e-signature, or download it for hard-copy signature. Fear not - the process is very do-able, and our committee can help.


Review our SRC page in careful detail, please. LINK


This is REALLY important: All RED students should download the required safety paperwork before they start experimenting or building. Their work needs to be approved and signed by the required adults


If you have questions, email the Science Fair Director.



If you’d like to learn more about science fairs, check out these sites:
Go to our BLOG (again, click on that nav bar above) for things like "Ask an Astronaut"!
Science Buddies LINK
Our current TerraFairs video  LINK
Guides to STEM Wizard online registration:  Student 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

Tell others about the fair! >>> PDF