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.


The Regional Research Challenge will take place on March 28, 2015.

In order to participate schools with students in grade 7 through 12 will need to join the Illinois Junior Academy of Science.  If your students are younger than 7th grade you need to contact the STEM office to notify organizers that your students intend to compete.

Entry Information

Contributors & Awards

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

Past Award Recipients

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