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 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.

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 15-17, 2019. This website will be updated with any new information in December.

To determine if a high school is affiliated, please e-mail the Fair Director, Jenay Sharp Leach, Ph.D. at jsleach@fcps.edu or 571-423-4785.

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.

2019 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

March 15-19, 2019

Preparations for the 2019 regional science fair will begin in the fall 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 16, 2019 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 12, 2019. 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 16, 2019 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 12, 2019. 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.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair (March 17-19)! Photos from the judging and awards ceremony

Sponsors:

Northrop Grumman Logo

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Logo

Important dates:

December 2018: Judging registration website opens
March 15, 2019: Student project check-in 5:30 to 7 p.m.
March 16, 2019: Judging of student projects 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March 17, 2019: Open house for public to view projects 1 to 3 p.m.
March 17, 2019: Awards ceremony 3 to 4:30 p.m.
TBD: Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair
May 12-17, 2019: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair