Welcome to the Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fair

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Vermont STEM Fair

Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fair

  

 

Welcome to the Vermont STEM Fair!  

Next Fair: March 28, 2020

2019 Fair

Fair Date: March 30, 2019

Fair Location: Norwich University

Links to 2019 Abstract Book and 2019 Program 

2019 Winners

The Vermont STEM Fair is open to the public- we'd love to have you join us to see the amazing research conducted by middle and high school students from throughout the state! Projects will be displayed 9am-12pm in the Math-Science Complex (see map).

Information for students, teachers and judges participating in the fair can be found on their respective pages (see tabs above).

General Fair Information

The Vermont STEM Fair is an inquiry-based poster presentation competition open to all middle and high school level students in the state of Vermont. 

Our state fair is an exciting opportunity for aspiring scientists (grades 5-12) to showcase the results of their independent research.  Each year 200+ student projects addressing all areas of science, technology, engineering and math are judged by at least three judges.  Our judges include scientists, secondary education faculty, dentists, physicians, nurses, military personnel and retirees, and other science related professionals from across Vermont.  Students compete for prizes donated by local organizations and scholarships to Vermont colleges.  The fair is also affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and five other national and international competitions.

If you're a middle or high school educator and want some ideas on how to incorporate STEM fair projects into your curriculum, we'd be happy to help out!

If you're an aspiring scientist in Vermont, we hope to see you at this year's fair!

We are an all volunteer, non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization supported by the Vermont Principals' Association, Norwich University and over 110 other Vermont organizations, colleges and industry partners that share our vision and mission.

Documents from Past Fairs

2018 Abstract Book

2018 Program

VSTEMF Winners 2018

2017 Program

2017 Abstract Book 

VSTEMF Winners 2017

 

Student's Main Page

The 2019 Fair is less than a week away!  Here are some reminders and informaiton as you prepare for the fair!

  • the VSTEMF will be held Saturday, March 30 at Norwich University.  Fair registration and project display will be in the Math-Science Complex (also called the ‘U-building’; see map).
  • you will be assigned a one meter wide space (0.5m deep) to display your project.  The typical display is a free-standing poster (e.g. tri-fold poster) that fits in this space.  No potentially hazardous chemicals or objects (including living organisms like plants and bacteria) are allowed as part of your display, and you may not have access to electricity unless you indicated that you would need power when registering. 
  • the abstract book has been finalized.  Double check that your abstract is correct.  If you wish to make any changes to your abstract, you may bring paper copies of your revised abstract with you to the fair and give them to any judges that visit your poster.
  • registration for the fair will take place in the atrium, which is at the bottom of the ‘U’ where the star is on the map.  Registration will be open 8am-9am.  Judging of projects starts at 9am
  • judging takes place 9am-12pm with a break 10:15-10:45am.  Make sure you are with your project at all times during judging to answer any questions judges have.  (Don’t clean up early or you might miss an opportunity to speak with a last-minute judge!) There are a few different kinds of judges that might visit your project.  General Judges help identify the overall winners of the fair.  Special Awards Judges select winners for Special Awards, which are granted to projects that meet certain criteria (e.g. projects relating to agriculture) and often come with prizes!  If you and your school participates in the ISEF portion of the fair, your project may also be visited by ISEF judges.
  • there will be a break from 12pm-3pm to allow scores to be compiled and winners selected.  During this time, you can eat lunch (lunch tickets will be available for purchase at registration throughout the morning for $10) and visit the STEM College and Career Fair
  • this year we have partnered with the Vermont STEM College and Career Fair to offer two great events on one day.  The College and Career Fair will be held 12-3pm in Plumley Armory (see map) and will feature eight organizations that are really excited to tell you more about their program!  You can earn raffle tickets by visiting the fair and asking exhibitors questions, and there will be a raffle at the beginning of the award ceremony.  We will also encourage our judges to stop by if they’re available if you’d like to talk more with them about their careers
  • the award ceremony will begin at 3pm in Plumley Armory and last roughly one hour.  Make sure you’re there to find out if your project has won any awards or prizes!

Teacher Main Page

The 2019 Fair is less than a week away!  Here are some reminders and informaiton as you prepare for the fair.

  • the VSTEMF will be held Saturday, March 30 at Norwich University.  Fair registration and project display will be in the Math-Science Complex (also called the ‘U-building’; see map).
  • students will be assigned a one meter wide space (0.5m deep) to display their project.  The typical display is a free-standing poster (e.g. tri-fold poster) that fits in this space.  No potentially hazardous chemicals or objects (including living organisms like plants and bacteria) are allowed as part of a display, and students may not have access to electricity unless they indicated that they would need power when registering. 
  • the abstract book has been finalized.  Double check that your students' abstracts are correct.  If your students wish to make any changes to their abstract, they may bring paper copies of their revised abstract with them to the fair and give them to any judges that visit their poster.
  • registration for the fair will take place in the atrium, which is at the bottom of the ‘U’ where the star is on the map.  Registration will be open 8am-9am.  Judging of projects starts at 9am
  • judging takes place 9am-12pm with a break 10:15-10:45am.  Make sure your students are with their project at all times during judging to answer any questions judges have.  Students who clean up early have been missed by last-minuted judges in the past! There are a few different kinds of judges that will visit projects.  General Judges help identify the overall winners of the fair.  Special Awards Judges select winners for Special Awards, which are granted to projects that meet certain criteria (e.g. projects relating to agriculture) and often come with prizes.  If you and your school participate in the ISEF portion of the fair, your students' projects should also be visited by ISEF judges.
  • there will be a break from 12pm-3pm to allow scores to be compiled and winners selected.  During this time, you can eat lunch (lunch tickets will be available for purchase at registration throughout the morning for $10) and visit the STEM College and Career Fair
  • this year we have partnered with the Vermont STEM College and Career Fair to offer two great events on one day.  The College and Career Fair will be held 12-3pm in Plumley Armory (see map) and will feature eight organizations that are really excited to tell you more about their program!  Students can earn raffle tickets by visiting the fair and asking exhibitors questions, and there will be a raffle at the beginning of the award ceremony.  We will also encourage our judges to stop by if they’re available if you or your students would like to talk more with them about their careers
  • the award ceremony will begin at 3pm in Plumley Armory and last roughly one hour.  Make sure you’re there to find out if your students' projects won any awards or prizes!

Judge Main Page

The Vermont STEM Fair is judged by professionals in the STEM fields from throughout Vermont and is an amazing opportunity for some of Vermont's best and most enthusiastic future scientists to interact with professionals and experts from all over the state.

Projects have now been assigned to judges.  If you are interested in judging but have not yet registered, please come to the fair and we can assign you some projects to review when you arrive.  We almost inevitably have judges who have registered but are unable to attend, so it's great to have a few extra people around!

Judges are incredibly important to the mission of the fair- you help us identify the projects that are the most worthy of recognition (and prizes!) and, perhaps more importantly, you share your expertise with and encourage young STEM enthusiasts from throughout the state.

If you registered to judge prior to project assignment, you should have received an email with a list of the projects you were assigned to judge as well as a digital copy of the abstract book and the judging rubric that will be used next Saturday.  If you would like to review your project assignments before coming to the fair, you can look up your assigned projects in the abstract book using the project ID (abstracts ordered by project ID).  You will also be provided with your project list and judging rubrics when you arrive at the fair, and paper copies of the abstract book will also be available.

The fair will be held next Saturday, March 30, at Norwich University.  The main judging area (and the location of judge registration and coffee!) is room 295 in the Math-Science Complex (also called the ‘U-building’; see building with gold star on the map).  Parking is available directly across main street from the Math-Science complex in the A lot or in some of the larger lots behind the library (see map). On-campus parking is unrestricted on the weekends, so you are welcome to park wherever you find space.

Please plan to arrive in room 295 between 8:00 and 8:25am to sign in and receive your judging documents. We’ll provide coffee and baked goods and there will be a brief judging orientation session starting promptly at 8:30am.  Judging of projects will take place 9am-12pm.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!  Please email Allison (aneal1@norwich.edu) if you have any questions.

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