2024 Fair Schedules and Deadlines

Fair begins on February 28 with the opening of the project upload portal and ends on March 16 with the awards ceremony.
The 2024 CT Science and Engineering Fair will be virtual for preliminary judging and in-person for finalist judging.
Week 1: March 4 – March 9, Preliminary Judging
Week 2: March 10 – 16, Finalist Interviews and Awards at Quinnipiac University

Important Dates, Times and Deadlines (before and during the fair)
Preliminary Judging Schedule
to be posted when available.
Finalist Judging Schedule to be posted when available.
PDF Version of Judging Schedules if Google Sheets is not accessible.

State Science Fair Highlights and Changes

  • 2024 Project Quotas for Schools – 10 Middle School and 15 High School. Exceptions granted for special circumstances
  • Saturday Award Ceremonies – Saturday, March 16 (In Person) –  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 view the work of Connecticut’s students.
  • Virtual Preliminary Judging – All students will be interviewed virtually during the preliminary round.
  • In Person Finalist Judging –The top 20% of projects will be invited to participate in finalist judging.
  • Eleven Special Categories – Biotechnology, Alternative/Renewable Energy, Applied Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Future Sustainability, Technical High Schools, Women in Science and Engineering and Bioinformatics/Computational Sciences.
  • Over $500,000 in Awards – More than 400 awards will be presented by the Fair and its Category and Special Award Sponsors.
  • International Competitions – Seven top placing high school projects will compete in the 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 GENIUS Olympiad in June.
  • Thermo Fisher Junior Innovators Challenge – Top placing middle school students in all categories will be given invitations to compete in this national competition.
  • E-Learning Platform –  Fall and winter workshops are available for teachers and students.