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Rochester Regional STEM Fair (Gr. 6-12)


Youth Enrichment / STEM Fair -
2023 Fall Youth

66th Annual Rochester Regional STEM Fair

The STEM Fair is an event where students showcase science and engineering projects. Prior to the event, students find a question or problem that interests them. They build prototypes or conduct experiments, sharing what they learned with their peers. Students can win awards based on the quality of their projects and presentations.

Volunteers - How to Register

Please sign up for a shift using the "Enroll Now" button at the bottom of this page. If you haven't volunteered for Rochester Public Schools in the past three years, you will be prompted to complete a background check. We need help at these times:

Judge at the STEM Fair. Friday, March 1st, 2024. 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM. Lunch provided at 12:30.

General Volunteer at the STEM Fair. Friday, March 1st, 2024. Shifts: 8:30-9:45 AM / 9:45 AM - 12:30 PM / 12:30 - 2:00 PM / 2:00-3:00 PM. Lunch Provided at 12:30

Reviewer at Paper Presentations. Tuesday, February 27th, 2024. 5:30-8:30 PM.

If you are hesitant about committing to anything right now, you may choose: "Unsure. Contact me closer to the event."

Students - Late Registration will be open until 1/26/2024

Registering late will limit students' ability to receive transportation, receive a display board, and advance to the Regeneron ISEF competition.

Earlybird Discount. Register before December 1st and save $5. During online registration, use the promo code STEM.

Complete both steps. Very Important!

  1. Register through Community Education. You're in the right place! Click the "Enroll Now" button.
  2. Create a free ZFairs account. This is needed to process paperwork related to your project.

If you are under 16, you may be prompted to have a parent/guardian register for you. If you are over 16, you may register yourself.

Free Display Boards

Display boards are available to all participants at no additional cost. The boards are single panel, 36” tall x 24” wide. The boards will be available in January and may be picked up from the Northrop Community Education Center. Availability of display boards will only be guaranteed for students who register prior to the registration deadline: 1/19/2024.

Can I work with a friend?

Yes! Up to three students can work together on a project. If you are part of a team, all team members must register individually through Community Education and each must pay the registration fee.

Travel Opportunities

Up to two high school projects will be selected to attend the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles in May 2024. All required ISEF paperwork must be completed on time for consideration.

Middle and high school students may be selected to attend the Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair in March 2024.

Important Dates

  • August 12, 2023:
    • Registration opens
  • October and November, 2023
    • Scientific Review Committee (SRC) meetings for high school projects that require safety review.
      • October 10, 6-8 PM (In person at Century High School)
      • October 24, 6-8 PM (Virtual)
      • November 14, 6-8 PM (In person at Century High School)
      • November 28, 6-8 PM (Virtual)
  • December 1, 2023
    • Register before December 1 for a $5 earlybird discount. Use the promo code STEM.
  • January 19, 2024: 
    • Registration closes.
    • Deadline to upload all ISEF paperwork into ZFairs.
  • February 9, 2024: 
    • Zfairs is "frozen." No changes can be made by students in ZFairs after this date.
    • (Optional) Deadline to upload papers into ZFairs for students who will participate in the Paper Presentations event
  • February 27, 2024
    • (Optional) Paper Presentations event at Northrop building
  • March 1, 2024 (This is a non school day for Rochester Public Schools.)
    • STEM Fair at the Regional Sports Center at RCTC 

Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

High school projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, or hazardous materials or processes may need approval by our Scientific Review Committee (SRC) before a project can begin. In-person and online meeting options will be available in November and December.

Middle school students should contact their school’s building coordinator. In most cases, building coordinators directly approve middle school project plans, and formal SRC review is not required.

Paper Presentations (Optional)

Middle and high school students have an opportunity to write a paper based on their project and present their findings to local scientists. There is no additional cost to participate in this event, and there are additional awards available. This is a great opportunity to develop written and spoken communication skills. The paper must be 5-20 pages long, including appendices and references. The presentation may not exceed 12 minutes and will be followed by a question period of up to 6 minutes. Rules and judging criteria are based on the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium competition.

This event will take place prior to the STEM Fair.

To participate in the Paper Presentations event, students must also register for the STEM Fair.

Contact Information

Josh Halverson

Rochester Regional STEM Fair Director

johalverson@rochesterschools.org

3112.2024 Volunteer Shifts
Min Age   18 yr.

$ 0.00
Adult Volunteers
3112.2024 Paper Presentations (Optional) Closed
Northrop Community Education Center : Rm 319 and Rm 308
Tuesday, Feb 27
5:30 - 8:30 PM

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Grades   6th - 12th

Price: $ 0 00

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3112.2024 STEM Fair Registration Closed
RCTC Sports Center : Gym
Friday, Mar 1
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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Grades   6th - 12th

Price: $ 20 00

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