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.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 Virtual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Last week, the 65th annual Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair virtually showcased over 400 high school science projects. Via recorded videos, over 600 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. 
 
The Grand Prize and 1st place winners are eligible to compete in the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair to be held virtually in April.  
 
Thank you to the hundreds of students, teachers, and community members who dedicated their time and energy for this year’s Fair.
 

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 Regeneron ISEF.

Next year’s science fair will be on the weekend of March 19-21, 2021.

To determine if a high school is affiliated, please e-mail the Fair Director, Yaara Crane at ykcrane@fcps.edu or 571-423-4786.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair (March 15-17)! View photos from the Judging and Awards and watch the video:

 

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 20, 2021 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.

For further information, please contact Linda Peterson by email LKPeterson@fcps.edu 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 judging for your organization, please do not register here. One designated representative from your organization should register at ORGANIZATIONS for your group of judges.

The last official registration day is  Tuesday, March 16, 2021. After this date, please contact Linda Peterson by email LKPeterson@fcps.edu or by phone 571-423-4783.

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 20, 2021 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.

See category judges for more information. If you have questions, please contact Tim Harazin by e-mail Tim.Harazin@fcps.edu or by phone 703-658-3690.

The last official registration day is Tuesday, March 16, 2021. After this date, please contact Tim Harazin by e-mail Tim.Harazin@fcps.edu or by phone 703-658-3690 to register before the fair.

Contact Information for General Questions:

Yaara Crane, (571) 423-4786
Science Fair Director
Student Project Coordinator

Neva Apsche, (571) 423-4584
Student Award Coordinator

Linda Peterson, (571) 423-4783
Category Judge Coordinator

Tim Harazin, (703) 658-3690
Organization Judge Coordinator

Jill Curry, (571) 423-4784
Logistics Coordinator

Leigh Bergman, (571) 423-4780
Logistics Coordinator

Sponsors:

Northrop Grumman Logo

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Logo

Important dates:

April 17-18, 2020: Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, Roanoke, VA

May 10-15, 2020: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Anaheim, CA

December 2020: Judging registration website opens

March 19, 2021: Student project check-in 5:30 to 7 p.m.

March 20, 2021: Judging of student projects 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 21, 2021: Open house for public to view projects 1 to 3 p.m.

March 21, 2021: Awards ceremony 3 to 4:30 p.m.