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How to Find Science Fairs and Other STEM Competitions

There are hundreds of science fairs, engineering fairs, and other STEM competitions held locally, nationally, and internationally every year. Some competitions require students to start at the local level and win in their category to advance. Other competitions are open to all students. The listings below include both.

Register with Science Buddies to receive occasional invitations to participate in STEM competitions. Local science fairs and engineering fairs can also be found by asking science/STEM teachers at nearby schools.

Featured STEM Competitions

  • Broadcom MASTERS: The premier science competition for U.S. middle school students (6th– 8th grade). The top 10% of students from local nominating science fairs compete at successive levels. Twenty-five finalists gather in Washington D.C. during the fall for unique STEM experiences and to compete for cash prizes. Local nominating fairs can be found here.
  • Broadcom MASTERS International: This global program provides 20 middle school students with unique STEM learning experiences. To qualify, students must be nominated from regional fairs.
  • Fluor Engineering Challenge: An annual K-12 engineering challenge open to students in the U.S. and around the globe. The goal is to inspire all students to try their hand at engineer. Materials are low-cost, and the time commitment is short. Participating schools and non-profit organizations are entered in a lottery for cash prizes.
  • Junior Solar Sprint is an annual model solar car building competition for 5th–8th grade U.S. students. Regional winners go on to compete nationally for prizes.
  • California Invention Convention: Open to K-12 students in California, this competition has students invent their own product, process, or solution to a problem. Local school competitions lead to a state-wide final with prizes.

More Science Fairs, Engineering Fairs, and STEM Competition

  • 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 $5000 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.
  • Discovery Young Scientist Challenge (DYSC):  For students in grades 5-8. Ten finalists will receive $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to St. Paul, MN for the competition finals. The first-place winner will receive $25,000.
  • International BioGENEius Challenge: For high school students only; recognizes outstanding research in biotechnology. Process is state, national, international; hosted by the Biotechnology Institute. Top prize is a $7,500 cash award.
  • 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 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.

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