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.

2021 NCSEF is going virtual!

At the September 15th NC Science Fair Foundation Board of Directors Meeting, it was decided that the 2020-2021 NC Science and Engineering Fair, at both the regional and state level, will be conducted virtually for all three divisions, Elementary (grades 3-5), Junior (grade 6-8), and Senior (grades 9-12). 

The NC Science Fair will be offering three “office hour sessions” this fall for educators. The purpose of these sessions is to create a space for teachers supporting students in scientific inquiry and engineering design to have a conversation about how to offer this support as the school environment continues to shift. The sessions are free and optional to attend. They are appropriate for both those who have historically participated, as well as those who are interested in learning more about supporting student research. 

Office hour sessions will be virtual and hosted on the following dates:

October 29, 3PM
November 9, 3PM
December 1, 3PM

You can sign up to receive a Zoom link for one or all of these sessions here.

We realize that due to the pandemic, county competitions may not occur. Please note that students who wish to participate in the regional NCSEF may advance from either your local school system’s fair or they may advance directly from their school or classroom level competition to the regional competition. 

If you are not able to attend office hours, you can use this overview video of the research process and timeline to get you started.  Additionally, you are welcome to reach out to the fair director for your region or Judy Day, the Statewide Fair Director of NCSFF at


2021 Schedule of Events

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2021 Science Fair Important Dates

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