Science Fair

Southeast Regional Science & Engineering Fair

CESTEM proudly sponsors the Southeast Regional Science & Engineering Fair with support from the Chancellor's Office at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Please direct questions regarding the Southeast Regional Science & Engineering Fair to or 910-962-3287.

2023 NC Science and Engineering Fair Schedule 2/11/23

8:00 - 9:15am: Project Registration & Setup

8:30 - 9:15am: Judges’ Briefing & Breakfast (No Students or Parents Allowed)

9:15 - 10:30am: Judges Preview the Projects (Students & Parents must exit the exhibit rooms)
10:30am - 12:45pm: Judging of Projects (Students must stay with their projects; Parents must exit the exhibit rooms)

12:45 - 1:45pm: Public Viewing of Projects

By 2:15pm: Student Remove Projects

2:30pm: Awards Program

2023 NC Science and Engineering Fair Dates

  • Southeast Regional (Region 2) NC Science and Engineering Fair: February 11, 2023 - UNCW Campus, Watson College of Education
  • State Level Fair (Raleigh): March 24-25, 2023
  • Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Dallas, TX) - May 13-19, 2023

2023 Science Fair Documents/Rules:

In addition to preparing tri-fold back boards, students will submit digital project presentations (all divisions) and quad charts (senior division only) along with their completed ISEF forms. Digital materials will be due in STEM Wizard by January 23, 2023.

Project Presentation Guidelines & Templates (ALL Divisions):
Quad Chart Guidelines & Templates (SENIOR Division ONLY):
NC Official Abstract:
2023 ISEF Forms:
2023 Participant Signature Page:

Display Regulations:

Examples of abstracts, quad charts, and presentations from state fair projects can be found here.

2023 ISEF Rule Book:
ISEF Rules Wizard:
ISEF Display Rules:

2022 State Awardees

Congratulations to all participants of the 2022 NC SCience and Engineering Fair State Competition!

















2022 Region 2 (Southeast) NCSEF Award Ceremony

Congratulations to all participants of the 2022 Region 2 NC Science and Engineering Fair!

Science Fair Academy - Science Fair Breakdown Videos

The board of the Science Fair Academy (SFA), a student-run club at Isaac Bear Early College High School that operates primarily as a STEM/Science Fair/Olympiad mentoring club in New Hanover County, realized that there is need for Science & Engineering Fair support.

Under the leadership of Eleanor Meinhold (2020-2021 president) and Andres Valdiri (2021-2022 president), SFA wrote and filmed an eight-part video series that breaks down the Science & Engineering Fair process on a mentor-mentee level. The mentor brings up each step and works with the mentee to develop a project and answer questions, like how the SFA club operates.

The script was built from SFA members’ own experiences and mistakes as Science Fair competitors and mentors. They hope that the series will aid students' understanding of the requirements of the Science & Engineering Fair, the Scientific Method, and build confidence in students that they can do it. The videos serve as a resource for parents, teachers, and students as they embark on the amazing journey that is Science Fair.

Click HERE to view the videos.

Click HERE to read an article about this project in the Watson Chronicle.

Curious By Nature - 2021 NC Science Fair Documentary

"With the help of filmmaker Alicia Carter, 'Curious by Nature' takes us on the journey of four students as they compete in the 2021 North Carolina State Science and Engineering Fair during COVID-19. Along the way, we experience firsthand the power of today’s youth to drive meaningful change for the planet and to uplift communities through their curiosity for change. Watch to get inspired."