Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
This public website provides information and registration links for the annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Prospective judges and organizations can register to participate in the science fair.
2020 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
March 20-22, 2020
Preparations for the 2020 regional science fair have begun and we continue to seek category judges and organizations to join us in making this a successful event for our student participants. Information about both judging opportunities is below. Please note that the registration links for both category judges and organizations will be open in December.
Category Judges Needed for the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Judging for the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Robinson Secondary School.
Each year 250 judges are required to evaluate over four hundred science fair projects in a wide variety of categories ranging from plants sciences to physics and astronomy. Chairpersons for each category and Grand Prize judges are also needed.
It is desirable that those volunteering to serve as category judges hold an advanced degree or possess extensive academic and/or professional experience in their selected categories.
Please follow the link below to register as a category judge (The link will be open in December). A reminder will be sent to category judges in February. Judging assignments will be made in March when the full number of student projects in each category is finalized.
If you are judging for your organization, please do not register here. One designated representative from your organization should register at ORGANIZATIONS for your group of judges.
Organizations Encouraged to Participate in the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Organizations can provide community support by giving awards to students at the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Judging will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Robinson Secondary School. Awards are announced at the Awards Ceremony held the following day.
Nearly 650 students and 400 volunteers participate during this three-day event. There are some 40-60 organizations that sponsor awards each year.
There is no standard organization award or specific judging criteria required. The choice of award is an individual preference of the organization and the judges. Organizations may choose to offer awards to winners of a particular science category; to winners of team projects; or to particular winners of any project category, individual or team. Past awards have ranged from scholarships, gift certificates, and U.S. Treasury bonds to professional publication subscriptions and invitations to luncheons or dinner receptions.
Please follow the link to register your organization (The link will be open in December). As the organization's contact, you would need to provide the award details and the number of judges coming to the fair.
Only one designated representative should register your organization's team of judges. Do not register here if you are judging as a category judge.
Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair General Information
The Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a competition for students attending high schools in Fairfax County, VA. To participate in this competition, a student must be representing a public or private high school that is affiliated with Intel ISEF.
Next year’s science fair will be on the weekend of March 20-22, 2020. This website will be updated with any new information in December.
Professionals from government agencies and private organizations from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area participate as category judges or organizations.
The Regional Science and Engineering Fair begins on Friday with student project registration. Judging and award selections are conducted on Saturday. Judging for category awards and contributing sponsor awards are both held in the morning, while Grand Prize judging is in the afternoon.
The fair draws to a close on Sunday with the Awards Ceremony starting at 3 p.m. at Robinson Secondary School. Awards presenters represent the school system and business community.
The student science exhibits are open to the public from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair (March 17-19)!
Photos from the judging and awards ceremony will be available on March 23, 2018.
March 20, 2020: Student project check-in 5:30 to 7 p.m.
March 21, 2020: Judging of student projects 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March 22, 2020: Open house for public to view projects 1 to 3 p.m.
March 22, 2020: Awards ceremony 3 to 4:30 p.m.
April 18, 2020: Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, Roanoke, VA
May 10-15, 2020: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Anaheim, CA