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, April 2, 2016.
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 (grades 5 or 6), you need to contact the STEM office to notify organizers that your students intend to compete.
Would you like to help review projects? Volunteer to be a judge!
Important: Please remember that all projects MUST follow the IJAS safety guidelines, outlined in the 2014-2016 handbook. It is recommended that all students and teachers/mentors review these rules before beginning their projects, and follow them throughout the course of their investigations. The judging rubrics below can help with project planning also.
Project information will be available online before the challenge so you can get display location information to students and parents. Remember that students need to bring three copies of just their abstract and two copies of their full paper for the judges to take the day of the challenge.