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 2014 competition will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8:30AM-4:30PM
Participation in the Research Challenge
Schools with students in grades 7-12 are required to join the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (2014 membership form UAS) to participate at SIUE’s regional event. Sponsors at schools for 5th and 6th grades need only to contact the regional office with school and sponsor information. All projects must be submitted through a school which has registered with the fair. All projects are subject to policies and procedures published by the Illinois Junior Academy of Science. Please see the Forms section of the IJAS web site for more information.
To ensure the success Science and Engineering Research Challenge, we depend on more than 200 judges every year. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering as a judge, please complete the judging registration form here! Judges meet in the University Restaurant for training at 8:30, then judge projects and award from 9:30-12:00. The training will cover the basics of judging criteria, your role as a judge, and will pair novice judges with experienced partners. A continental breakfast and light lunch are provided. Register now to volunteer!
Contributors & Awards
Financial support for the fair from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and generous donations from corporate and individual donors.
American Chemical Society
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
Society of American Military Engineers
Scott Air Force Base Joint STEM Advisory Group
Watershed Nature Center
Gateway Teen Science Cafe