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Other Science Fairs?

Postby got2surf » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:18 pm

Do any of you know of any other major science fairs besides ISEF, or ones that can be participated in along with ISEF? I heard about the Intel Science Talent Search, but does anyone know anything about it? How does it differ from ISEF, and what are the reasons for participating in one or the other?

Thanks a lot,

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Re: Other Science Fairs?

Postby barretttomlinson » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:47 pm


I am not an expert on science fair organizations, but from doing a few Google searches and what I have heard rumored, science fairs come in many flavors. Many schools sponsor a fair for their local students. There are local city or regional fairs. Many states have statewide competitions for winners of local/regional competitions. ISEF is an international competition for winners of more regional competions. So the answer to your question may depend on where you live and the subject area you are interested in.

If you have not already done so, check out the “competions” tab on the Science Buddies Home page. They have extensive links to the sort of information you want:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... l?From=tab

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Re: Other Science Fairs?

Postby staryl13 » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:44 pm

Usually, your local region also hosts regional science fairs in order to qualify for ISEF. If you are interested in the Intel STS, here's a link-
Keep in mind that Intel STS does have restrictions on age, grade, etc.
You can also look into local colleges and universities which often host high-school and middle-school fairs as well, be sure to check with your teacher too!
Hope this helps!
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Re: Other Science Fairs?

Postby barretttomlinson » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:16 am


A few additional thoughts on other opportunities. You only asked about science fairs, but you should be aware that there other science competitions for high school students that have other formats. For example, if you are interested in chemistry there is a Chemistry Olympiad sponsored by the American Chemical Society:
http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/c ... 8957eefe8e

Here are a few past AAAS competitions:
http://news.bio-medicine.org/biology-ne ... on-2493-1/ ... cd=4&gl=us


Here is a report of an international physics Olympiad:


And some information on the physics Olympiad:


http://www.copusproject.org/participant ... ation_id=5

If you like math, check out the math competitions:

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Wiki ... mpetitions

If you into biology, check these out:




Interested in Engineering, check out:


These are by no means an exhaustive list of opportunities. You should talk to your teachers about the competitions which interest you. In most cases you would need their help to enter or start local interest groups in your school.

Go for it!!!!!

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