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The 2020 Science & Engineering Fair has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns.

2020 Science & Engineering Fair

65th Annual Cumberland Plateau Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Friday, April 3 | Senior Division: 9th - 12th Graders

At The Hooper Eblen Center

  • Prepare for the Fair


     We have changed and added new categories that students can compete in.

    Animal and Plant Studies (AP) The study of animal and plant life, including their structure, function, life history, interactions with other plants and animals, classification, and evolution. Includes: Animal Behavior, Development and Growth, Ecology, Genetics/ Breeding, Nutrition and Growth, Pathology, Physiology, Soil and Pesticides, Systematics, and Evolution. 
    Behavioral and Social Science (BE) The science or study of the thought process and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods. Includes work on Psychology and Sociology. 
    Chemical Science (CH) The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter and/ or their interactions with living organisms. Includes the study of the design, synthesis and properties of substances, including condensed phases (solid, liquid, polymers) and interfaces, with a useful or potentially useful function.
    Earth and Environmental Science (EA) Earth and Environmental Science are studies of the environment and its effect on organisms/ systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span, as well as studies of Earth systems and their evolution. Including: Atmospheric Science, Climate Science, Environmental Effects on Ecosystems, Geosciences, Water Science. 
    Energy and Environmental Engineering (EE) Energy is the study of renewable energy sources and structures, energy efficiency, biological and chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transportation, and alternative fuels. Includes: Hydro Power, Solar Power, Wind Power, Thermal Power, Sustainable Design, Alternative Fuels, Fossil Fuel Energy, Fuel Cells and Battery Development, Microbial Fuel Cells. Environmental Engineering are studies that engineer or develop processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste, or the control of pollution. Including: Bioremediation, Land Reclamation, Pollution Control, Recycling and Waste Management, Water Resources Management. 
    Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science (ER) Engineering studies the design, manufacture, and operation of machines, structures, processes, and systems. Includes, Aerospace and Aeronautical,  Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Construction, Industrial, Processing, Ground and Naval Vehicles. Robotics is the studies in which the use od machine intelligence is paramount to reducing the reliance on human intervention such as Biomechanics, Cognitive Systems, Control Theory, Robot Kinematics, Machine Learning. Computer Science is the study and development of technological software and hardware and information processes. Including: Programming, Algorithms, Data Bases, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Communications, Computational Science, Computer Graphics, Software Engineering, Programming Languages, Computer Systems, Operating Systems. 
    Health and Wellness (HW) Health and Wellness are projects that aim to improve human health and longevity by translating novel discoveries into effective activities and tools for clinical and public health use. Projects can be those developed through basic research moving toward clinical testing or project that provide feedback about the applications of new treatments and how they can be improved. 
    Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics (PM) Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. Includes: light, sound, magnetism and motion. Astronomy is the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.



    Visit the link below for ISEF rules, information, and PDF. We suggest you print a hard copy for your reference. 2020 International Science and Engineering Fair Rules & Guidelines

    REQUIREMENT: Before students start any research, the necessary forms must be approved and signed by the appropriate individuals (i.e. Adult Sponsor, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or the Scientific Review Committee Members (SRC) on human or animal research, etc.)


    The criteria outlined in the attached rubrics will be used to judge projects.

    2020 Judging Rubric 

  • Location & Schedule


    The fair is to be held in Tech's Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion.

    Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion

    2390 Gainesboro Grade

    Cookeville, TN 38501


    7:30-8:45am: Exhibitor Check-In and Set-up

    9:00am-noon: Judging of Exhibits (closed to public and parents)

    Noon-1:30pm: Lunch (Exhibits Open for Public Viewing)

    1:30-3:00pm: Exhibit Tear Down


    The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Millard Oakley STEM Center on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 10:00-Noon. 

    Millard Oakley STEM Center

    155 W 7th Street

    Cookeville, TN 38505


    Special hotel pricing has been arranged for any families wishing to stay the night before the award ceremony. 

    • Country Inn and Suites- Mention TTU Event and get a $89 standard king or double room discount.
    • Key West- Mention TTU Event and get a 10% discount
    • La Quinta Inn and Suites- Mention TTU Event and get $75 a night
    • Quality Inn- Mention TTU Event to get 10% off
    • Red Roof Inn- Mention TTU Event and the offer of 2 Queen beds for $60 plus tax


    Tennessee Tech cares deeply about the safety and welfare of children while on its campus. As a parent, guardian, or teacher (as applicable) if a student is attending the 65th annual Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair, you are responsible for the supervision, oversight, and protection of your student participant(s) while on Tennessee Tech property.

    NOTE: A parent, guardian, or teacher (as applicable) must accompany the student(s) at all times. Students may not be left unattended.   

  • Register Online

    Join us for the 2020 Fair! Register Below


    Information and Assistance

    Please contact Christina Hatley, email or call 931-372-6598.



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