IMPORTANT UPDATE: NO FIREARMS RESEARCH WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE REGIONAL FAIR
60th Annual Cumberland Plateau Regional Science & Engineering Fair
Scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014 | ONE DAY ONLY!
It’s time to start planning your school’s science and engineering fair. Give your students the opportunity to compete at the regional level by having a science and engineering fair at your school between November 2013 and early March 2014.
Since 1954, Tennessee Tech University has hosted the Cumberland Plateau’s regional science and engineering fair. This fair has been an education and career gateway for students interested in and excited about the sciences, about how things work and why.
Students in the 4th through 12th grades from 16 eligible counties compete in the fair. Awards and recognitions range from ribbons, certificates, science kits, and university scholarships.
Senior division winners from the regional fair go on to compete at the international level in the yearly International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), sponsored by Intel.
This long-standing regional fair is an affiliate member of the International Science & Engineering Fair organization (ISEF).
2014 Educator Packet -
We can help you get started on your in-school fair!
Information for Educators, Students & Parents
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
Teachers, Parents & Students
Q: Which 16 counties are included in the Cumberland Plateau Science & Engineering Fair?
Q: Does my child have to win their school’s fair in order to participate in the regional fair?
- Students attending a public, private, or home school within our region (see 16 counties), whose projects have received an award or honorable mention in a school fair, are eligible to enter a project/exhibit.
- Students whose schools did not have a school fair are also eligible to enter.
Q: What happens during the one-day fair?
- The fair starts on Saturday, March 22nd with exhibition check-in from 7 to 9 a.m.
- Student exhibitors, their families, and friends are invited to attend the Opening Ceremony from 9 to 10 a.m.
- Project/exhibition judging begins at 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Exhibits are open for public viewing from 2 - 4 p.m.
- The Awards Ceremony is from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Oakley STEM Center Auditorium.
Q: Is there a registration fee for entering the Regional Science & Engineering Fair?
- Yes. There is a $10 registration fee per individual exhibitor and each member of a two-person team exhibit ($20).
- However, if a student qualifies for free or reduced lunch at school the fee is waived; teachers will verify eligibility.
or call 931-372-6598, for more information.
Q: When can exhibits be checked in?
- Exhibits can be checked in on Saturday, March 22nd at the Millard Oakley STEM Center on TTU’s campus between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. (central time).
Q: What if I/my child can’t get to the STEM Center during the check in times?
- A teacher may check in one or more exhibits for their student(s) during those hours.
Q: Are there forms or paperwork required to check in for the fair?
Q: What if I don’t know the appropriate category is for my/my child’s exhibit? Biological, physical, mathematical, or engineering?
- For help confirming/clarifying the appropriate research/exhibit category, consult with your child's teacher, or email regional fair co-director Kelly Ramey,
or call 931-372-6598 for assistance.
Q: Does my child have to stay with his/her exhibit during the judging process on Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.?
- SENIOR DIVISION (10th-12th grade) competitors are required to be present to respond to judges.
- JUNIOR DIVISION (7th-9th grade) competitors are required to be present to respond to judges.
- Note: If a competitor has a significant conflict, attendance is not required, though may be reflected in judges response due to inability to confer with student researcher.
- INTERMEDIATE DIVISION (4th-6th grade) competitors are strongly encouraged to be present for the experience, but not required.
Q: What if I have more questions?
- For more information, please contact
or call 931-372-6598.