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.
This year the Research Challege Regional Event was held on March 23, 2013.
Participation in the Research Challenge
Schools with students in grades 7-12 are required to join the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (2013 membership form IJAS) 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.