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Looking for a Science Fair Project Board?

Many office supply stores carry them!

Here are just a few examples:

  • Michaels
  • Walmart
  • Staples
  • Office Max
  • Any teacher supply store
  • If you want specialized titles, go to the “Science Buddies” website to check out what pre-printed titles can be ordered.

Other Science Competitions Using This Same Project!

Every year, more than 9 million students in Grades K-12 enter a science competition. Your project may also be entered in some of the following:

State Fair: Arizona Science and Engineering Fair

AzSEF is the state fair for Arizona.

Only first-place projects will advance to AzSEF. The definition of first place can include those that take first place at the SCHOOL level as well. (See below.)

Students in Grades 5-12 who have placed first at a school, home school, district, county or regional science fair are eligible to compete at AzSEF.
No more than 12 entries per grade level will be accepted from each school in the elementary and junior divisions. (High school has an unlimited number of entries.)
To ensure the integrity of this rule, schools/fairs will be allowed to submit only one project per grade level for each category (12 categories for elementary and junior divisions.)
In the event your fair does not give place awards, it is the discretion of the fair director to send the project considered the best representative of the category selected.
Contact: Sari Custer or call 602.716.2000

National and International Fairs and Competitions

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is a competition for Grade 6-8 students who participate in science fairs in the United States, and are nominated to compete in the national competition. Thirty finalists will win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the $25,000 grand prize.

Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards: Challenges student teams to solve real-world problems in the areas of clean energy, aerospace exploration and cyber security. For students age 13-18. Winning team is awarded $5,000 to continue product development. Spirit of Innovation Awards are sponsored, in part, by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program:  This program aims to recognize exceptional students and support them in the fulfillment of their potential. It includes categories of science, mathematics and technology, among others. The top prize is $50,000.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF):  For high school students only, who must first qualify at an affiliated fair. Top prize is a $75,000 scholarship. Six high school projects and two to three middle school projects are selected each year at SARSEF to attend this global competition.

Intel Science Talent Search (STS):  A competition for high school seniors. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.

I-SWEEEP: Two students at SARSEF are chosen to advance to this global competition in Houston, Texas each year.

Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology:  A competition for high school students. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC):  The world’s largest model rocket contest, accepts teams of students in Grades 7-12 from any U.S. school or non-profit youth organization.

The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition:  For U.S. and Canadian students in Grades 7-12. Top prize is $3,000 and a trip to Walt Disney World and Kennedy Space Center.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS):  This program invites high school students in Grades 9–12 to conduct an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering or mathematics, and to participate in a regional symposium sponsored by universities or other academic institutions. Regional winners proceed to a national competition.

Young Naturalist Awards:  This program from the American Museum of Natural History, and sponsored by Alcoa Corporation, is a research-based essay contest for students in Grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.


Web Sites For Students

  • Science Buddies: Science Buddies is a non-profit organization focused on providing free science fair ideas, answers and tools for students in Grades K-12. Our online resources have been integrated into the NSTA’s SciLinks program, and have received praise from students, teachers and parents across the nation. Science Buddies empowers students from all walks of life to help themselves and each other develop a love of science and an understanding of the Scientific Method. Our innovative online tools and programs encourage, acknowledge, and reward student research projects, and aim to increase science fair participation
  • Need a mentor?  Please go to Tucson Women in STEM (even if you are a boy) and fill out a request
  • Netscape@Play: This is great site giving ideas about projects and assistance. It looks to be  fun and helpful.
  • Google Search: The Google site with numerous links for advice and help in conducting science fair projects.
  • Society for Science & The Public: Formerly called the Science Service, SSTP is the organization responsible for several youth science competitions, including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Science Fair Central: The Discovery Channel’s resource of project ideas! These are the national middle school competition sponsors.
  • Flandrau: Visit the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center home page to find out about exciting science-based programs and workshop opportunities at Flandrau.
  • Southwest Association for Education in Biomedical Research (SwAEBR): Good reference materials regarding the use of animals in research.
  • Arizona/Nevada Academy of Sciences: Links to resources, and individuals in the science community.
  • NSTA Science Fair Resource: The “Ultimate Science Fair Resource” is a member of the SciLinks program, a service of the National Science Teachers Association, and is sponsored by the Society for Amateur Scientists.
  • NSTA Newsletter High School: The National Science Teachers’ Association newsletter, Science Class, offers many great links for teachers. This is the high school edition.
  • K12 Academics: An education resource center and job placement site for teachers, students, parents, education majors and district officials involved in Grades K-12 throughout the United States.
  • Sci fair planner: This is a good site for middle school teachers and students providing a “step by step science fair” process for success.
  • National Academy of Engineering: This is an excellent site to learn more about technology, what it is, and how it impacts our lives, including the importance of technical literacy.
  • Science News For Kids: A magazine resource of ideas for projects. Published by Society for Science & The Public (formerly the Science Service.)
  • Science Bob: A great resource to gather project ideas. There are good basic concepts and techniques, too!
  • USS Tucson: ,   A new award will be given for projects dealing with the science of submarines (conversion of water to oxygen, compression under water pressure, health issues in closed environments, etc.)
  • Basic water information and terms from Dr. Gordon Snyder at the WaterCenter in Kenmore,Wash. The blog discusses Hurricane Katrina’s impact on drinking water, toxic water problems, water sampling and testing at
  • Water Project info: Student science fair project ideas about water from Dr. Gordon Snyder at the WaterCenter in Kenmore, Wash.
  • Water Demos & Experiments: Experiments and demonstrations for teachers and educators from Dr. Gordon Snyder at the WaterCenter in Kenmore, Wash.
  • Homework Spot: Lists of numerous resources to search for ideas!
  • Family Oriented: Tips and insights for families entering the science fair! There’s a fair bit of advertising sold to finance the site, but the tips and ideas are worth it.
  • Masters in Data Science has a great The Ultimate Guide to STEM for kids (K-12) organized by age and interest, and a section specifically focused on resources and activities for girls!
  • The Best Colleges has a listing of STEM Scholarships available.
  • Brandeis University has a great collection of STEM websites with great activities!


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