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 Saturday, 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

The digital entry form, a copy of the abstract and safety sheets for all projects MUST be submitted by February 28, 2015.

Paper Competition: All papers must be sent as a pdf to Dawn Olive ( by Friday, March 13, 2015.

Would you like to help review projects?  Volunteer to be a judge!


Preliminary Schedule, Map, and Other Information:

Map: The Research Challenge will be held in the Meridian Ballroom in the Morris University Center at SIUE. You can view a map of campus with parking information here.
Directions to SIUE: If you are unfamiliar with campus, you may download directions here.
Schedule: The preliminary schedule for the day can be found here.
Parent Pages: Please feel free to share this document with parents in print or by email. The document includes a map, directions, a schedule, and frequently asked questions. You may download it here.

Research Challenge t-shirt order form.

Contact STEM Center staff at 618-650-3065 if you have additional questions.

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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