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<thumb_rogercrouchStudents—it’s time to put on your thinking caps to come up with a sensational science project to enter in the Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 19-20. 

“It’s never too early to start planning your project and getting your paperwork started,” said Director Bethany Stevens.  

The 56th Annual Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair will hold an opening ceremony to kick off this year’s fair events on Friday, March 19, in Derryberry Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. with a guest speech delivered by former NASA astronaut and TTU alumnus Roger Crouch.

Crouch was TTU’s first alumnus in space. A 1962 TTU physics graduate and Jamestown native, he served as a payload specialist on two flights of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997.

Two senior exhibitors will win a trip to San Jose, Calif., in May to exhibit their projects at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair as well as a $3,000 scholarship to Tennessee Tech.  Two more senior exhibitors will be selected to win a $1,500 scholarship each.  Team projects will be accepted this year, and an engineering category has been added. There will be cash prizes that accompany various awards.

The fair, sponsored by TTU, will be held at the Roaden University Center.  It is affiliated with the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair organized annually by the Society for Science and the Public. 

The fair is open to all fourth through 12th grade students attending public, private, parochial, or home schools in the following Tennessee counties: Bledsoe, Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Scott, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White. If there is enough interest, the fair will hold a non-competitive category for third grade students referred to as “Early Eagles.”

Teachers and sponsors may advise students and facilitate the projects, but all work must be done by the students.  Students may be asked to explain their work in detail to a panel of judges.  Check out TTU’s web site at for science fair information.

Two Grand Award winners selected from the senior division will receive $3,000 scholarships to Tennessee Tech and expense-paid trips to enter their projects in the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in San Jose, Calif., May 9-14.  Two Grand Reserve Award winners will receive $1,500 scholarships to Tennessee Tech.  If a Grand Award winner is unable to attend, a Grand Reserve winner will have the opportunity to participate as an exhibitor.

All exhibits must be pre-registered to compete in the fair.  Registration forms must be received via the online registration form by the fair director by March 12. Forms can be found on the web site.  Any student in grades four through eight, who has received an award in a school fair, and all students in grades nine through 12, are eligible to compete.  A student whose school does not have a science fair may enter the regional fair directly.

Visit for links to the Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines, the Regional Fair Rules and Guidelines, information for parents and teachers, registration forms that can be submitted online, and photos from previous regional fairs.  Registration forms may no longer be mailed to Cumberland Plateau Regional Science and Engineering Fair, but rather submitted online only. 

Please contact Stevens with additional questions at or 931-372-3541.