February 11-13, 2021 UNC Charlotte NC Science & Engineering Fair Region 6
February 11-13 , 2021 UNC Charlotte Region 6 NC Science and Engineering Fair.
February 11, 2021: Senior competition virtually.
February 12-13, 2021: Elementary and Junior competition virtually.
There will be a virtual awards ceremony after the competition dates that has yet to be scheduled. February 11-13, 2021 competition dates are not finalized and may change.
Registration and forms are due by January 22, 2021.
Requirements for the Virtual Fair
A student needs:
- An original, grade appropriate research project (project should not be a validation of research)
- All projects must follow the rules and safety in research requirements linked on the NCSEF student information pages and students must complete required forms for their project. (ISEF Forms Wizard)
- A digital project presentation of their research and a corresponding quad chart.
- Download the template and follow the detailed guidelines provided below. Links to templates for required presentation and quad chart can be found at:
- Detailed Instructions for Project Submissions* (Draft, ISEF may make small adjustments)
- Optional Materials
All judges will have access to these optional materials, just as they would at a project booth, but these are considered supplemental and NOT required.
- Video Demonstration/Simulation/Animation (1 minute maximum) - If a project is best explained by showing a demonstration, simulation or animation, you may include a short video. This video must meet all Display & Safety regulations.
- Research Paper - NCSEF does not require any project to include a research paper. However, many finalists have completed such a paper through the research process and would include it at their booth during an in person fair. If you have prepared such a paper, you may upload it to share with judges, though judges are not required to review it.
- Lab Notebook Image/Excerpt - NCSEF does not require any project to submit a laboratory notebook. However, many finalists have this record of their research timeline and process and typically have it available at their booth. A student may upload a PDF of up to 4 pages of a lab notebook to provide evidence of its use, but it is strongly advised NOT to share the notebook in totality to protect your intellectual property.
Students can learn more about designing a project and participating in a fair through the student information pages on the NCSEF website.
Elementary Division Categories (Grades 3-5) - All Elementary projects will be equally eligible for Exemplary and Honorable Mention awards.
- Biological Sciences
- Physics, and Math
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Engineering and Technology
Junior (Grades 6-8) and Senior (Grades 9-12) Division Categories - Junior and Senior projects receive place awards according to category.
- Biological Sciences A
- Biological Sciences B
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Physics and Mathematics
More details and category descriptions here.
All projects must follow the rules and safety in research requirements linked on the NCSEF student information pages and students must complete required forms for their project. (ISEF Forms Wizard)
Importance of Research Plan
Prior to experimentation all students must submit a Research Plan (a research plan is not a research report/paper) to your teacher/adult supervisor or if you require pre-approval by the ISEF SRC (send to firstname.lastname@example.org) because your project involves human subjects (including the student), vertebrates (including your own pets), potentially hazardous biological agents (NO projects allowed at home any age and NO elementary students may conduct these experiments in NC), or hazardous materials or risky behavior. The Research Plan should include:
A. Question or problem being addressed
B. Hypothesis or Engineering Goals
C. Detailed description of the following:
- Procedures: Detail all procedures and experimental design including methods for data collection. Describe only your project. Do not include work done by mentor or others.
- Risk and Safety: Identify any potential risks and safety precautions needed.
- Data Analysis: Describe the procedures you will use to analyze the data/results.
D. Bibliography – minimal 3 for Elementary and 5 for Junior and Senior
Please note that data is not to be included in the Research Plan.
Other Important Information
- The Research Plan is not a form but needs to be included with all paperwork. This is used for the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) to assess if all ISEF rules and regulations are followed.
- No Elementary students can do projects involving culturing micro- organisms (bacteria, mold, fungus, etc.) in any location (school, home, or regulated institution) no exceptions. - Click here for rules.
- No Junior (Middle) or Senior students can do projects involving culturing micro- organisms at home no exceptions. - Click here for rules
You must register online and submit all required forms to be registered for the 2021 UNC Charlotte Region 6 NC Science & Engineering Fair by Deadline January 22, 2021.
Intel ISEF Resources
North Carolina State Science & Engineering Fair
Elementary Winners of 2020 Region 6 NC Science & Engineering Fair
Junior and Senior Winners of 2020 Region 6 NC Science & Engineering Fair