Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
The Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a competition for students attending high school in Fairfax County. Students may earn entry to the Regional competition through a science fair held at their local public or private schools.
2023 Regional Science and Engineering Fair ResultsIn March 2023, the 68th annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair showcased over 300 high school science projects. Over 400 students presented their research projects in a wide variety of science and engineering fields. Projects were judged by over 150 professionals and 40 professional organizations and businesses.
General Information for Schools and Students
Each year 250 judges are required to evaluate science fair projects in a wide variety of categories ranging from plant sciences to robotics. 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 STEM category. Chairpersons for each category and Grand Prize judges are also needed.
If you are interested in serving as a Category Judge, please use this link to register online.
For further information, please contact Liz Keyes by email [email protected] or by phone 571-423-4783. Thank you, in advance, for your help in making this year's fair a tremendous success!
If you are registering to judge on behalf of a STEM organization, please see the Special Awards Information section.
Special Awards from Organizations
Each year, approximately 40-60 STEM-related organizations provide community support by sponsoring Special Awards to students at the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Past awards have ranged from scholarships, gift certificates, and U.S. Treasury bonds to professional publication subscriptions and invitations to luncheons or dinner receptions.
There is no standard organization award or specific judging criteria required. The choice of award is the preference of the organization and the judges. Organizations may choose to offer awards within a particular science category, for students of a certain grade level, or for goals related to their organization’s mission.
One designated representative should register your organization's team of judges. Please use the link below to register as a Special Awards organization; the registration link is live between November and March.
For registration information, please contact Brian Schwenk (email: [email protected] or phone: 703-658-3690) or Michelle Gilligan (email: [email protected] or phone: 571-585-6218">571-585-6218). Thank you, in advance, for your help in making this year's fair a tremendous success!
Non-FCPS Independent Schools
By December 1 of each school year, Non-FCPS Independent Schools must:
- Attend a mandatory information meeting.
- Confirm their intent to participate at the Regional Level by contacting the Regional Fair Directors.
View the Non-FCPS Independent Schools information letter for more information.
Contact Information for General Questions
- Science Fair Directors
- Brian Mandell (571-423-4785)
- Yaara Crane (571-423-4786)
- Category Judge Coordinator: Liz Keyes (571-423-4783)
- Special Award Judge Coordinator: Brian Schwenk (703-658-3690)
- March 17-19, 2023: Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
- April 14-15, 2023: Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair
- May 13-19, 2023: Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair
2022 Regional Science and Engineering Fair Results
In March 2022, the 67th annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair showcased over 200 high school science projects. Via recorded videos, 300 students presented their research projects in a wide variety of science and engineering fields. Projects were judged by over 150 STEM professionals and 50 professional organizations and businesses.