The 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) was held May 8 – 13 in Phoenix, AZ. ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Student Finalists at ISEF are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2016 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair. This year there were a total of 1,760 student Finalists from 77 countries that participated. North Carolina had a total of 20 students for 17 projects and represented three Regional (Region 3A, Region 3B, and Region 6) and the State NC Science and Engineering Fair. At ISEF, there are two separate awards ceremonies, the Specialty Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 12 and the Grand Award Ceremony on Friday, May 13. Being a student Finalist at ISEF is an amazing experience for a student. They meet students that also excel in science and engineering research from around the world. Students unite to present their research and compete for Special and Grand Awards. This year, 970 judges interviewed the students and selected the best projects to receive Awards.
Hear what 2012 NCSEF and Intel ISEF award winners, Kelly Roddick and Lauren Huffstetler - NC State University 2016, have to say as they reflect on the value of engaging in science and engineering research by competing in the NCSEF.
Science Fairs provide an opportunity for students, 3rd through 12th grades, who are interested in science and technology to pursue their personal areas of interest and to display their research as a presentation in a public competitive forum. The NC Science and Engineering Fair works to create enthusiasm in science and technology while encouraging project-based inquiry. This fair gives our students the chance to compete for college scholarships, awards, honors programs and other exciting prizes.
The Education Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has released a video series designed to take teachers, students, and parents through the process of crafting a science fair project.
The six-part video series features JPL scientist Serina Diniega, engineer Arby Argueta, and educator Ota Lutz, who team up to take viewers step by step through the project design process, from generating an idea to communicating the final results in an attractive display.