Research Challenge

The SIUE regional Science and Engineering Research Challenge hosts the finest 5th through 12th grade student projects from the region.  Projects take advantage of a child’s natural curiosity, stimulate the imagination and encourage independent critical thinking.  While working on projects, students learn to apply the scientific method which includes observing, inferring, measuring, collecting data, and forming conclusions to interpret interactions between experimental variables.  Students become aware of the interdisciplinary nature of science as they apply not only reading and writing skills but also mathematics and art to communicate their research findings.    This unique educational opportunity enables students to understand that science is an integral part of life and participation fulfills many of the Illinois State Goals and Learning Standards.

2014 Award Recipients

Congratulations to all of the students whose projects advanced to the regional level! This year, nearly 300 participants from over 30 schools and organizations joined us at SIUE to share their investigations in STEM. A number will advance to the state level, and many received additional special awards and placement trophies. For a full list of award recipients, download the .pdf here or the Word document here.

Contributors & Awards
Financial support for the fair from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and generous donations from corporate and individual donors.

Marcel Brown, MB Tech Inc.
Elizabeth Ringhausen of the Lewis and Clark Community College – STEM Club
American Chemical Society
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
Society of American Military Engineers

Past Award Recipients