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2021 State Science Fair Highlights and Changes

  • 2021 PROJECT QUOTAS FOR SCHOOLS– 10 Middle School; and 15 High School. Exceptions granted for special circumstances
  • SATURDAY AWARDS CEREMONIES–Saturday, March 20 –  Separate Middle and High School Finalist Awards Ceremonies.  Special Awards Ceremony held between the two Finalist Awards Ceremonies.
  • PUBLIC VIEWING– An online portal will be made available to see the work of Connecticut’s students.
  • TOP TWO HIGH SCHOOL LIFE SCIENCES & PHYSICAL SCIENCES– The top four winning high school projects, individual or team, will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • ALEXION BIOTECHNOLOGY AWARDS– The top winning high school project, individual or team, will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • PEPSICO ENGINEERING AWARDS- The top winning high school project, individual or team, will compete in theInternational Science and Engineering Fair.
  • JACKSON LABORATORIES with CONNECTICUT ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING URBAN SCHOOL CHALLENGE– The top winning public high school project, from eligible public schools, will compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The top placing 8th-grade project will complete at the GENIUS Olympiad.
  • EVERSOURCE/UNITED ILLUMINATING TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS– Top winning project receives the opportunity to compete in GENIUS Olympiad
  • NINE SPECIAL CATEGORIES– Biotechnology, Alternative/Renewable Energy, Applied Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Future Sustainability
  • $200,000 IN AWARDS– More than 400 awards will be presented by the Fair and its Grant and Special Award Sponsors.
  • INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS–Seven top winning high school projects will compete in the virtual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in May. High school finalists and one 8th grade project will be awarded opportunities to compete at the virtual GENIUS Olympiad in June.
  • BROADCOM MASTERS– Top winning middle school students in all categories will be given invitations to compete in this national completion.
  • E-LEARNING PLATFORM –  We are developing an e-learning platform for resources and learning modules for teachers and students.