Vermont STEM Fair
Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fair
Welcome to the Vermont STEM Fair!
The 2020 Vermont STEM Fair was judged online due to restrictions associated with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We missed seeing everyone in person and having the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful research that our middle and high school students have undertaken, but nonetheless we want to congratulate everyone who was selected to compete in this year's state fair and especially our winners! The VSTEMF Gold Medalists this year are as follows:
- Emily Dean from Woodstock Union Jr/Sr H.S. #4
- Nathan Wu from Essex High School
- Kelly Xu from South Burlington High School
- Hiba Ali from South Burlington High School
- Olivia Rooney from Rice Memorial High School
- Marissa Cross from St. Francis Xavier School
Silver medalists as well as the winners of of the other VSTEMF Awards and VSTEMF ISEF Affiliation Awards are listed in the 2020 VSTEMF Winners list! Descriptions of all submitted projects can be viewed in the 2020 Abstract Book.
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. This year we've again partnered with the Vermont STEM College and Career Fair to help connnect our future STEM professionals connect with those already in the field (see more details below).
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 elegible students contend for a chance to compete at this international competition.
The Vermont STEM Fair is open to the public- we'd love to have you join us next year to see the amazing research conducted by middle and high school students from throughout the state!
Leading up to the 2020 fair, NBC5 has been highlighting the experience of students, directors and judges in their weekly Math + Science Mondays series. Check them out here:
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!
Information for students, teachers and judges participating in the fair can be found on their respective pages (see tabs above).
Documents from Past Fairs
2019 Abstract Book
2018 Abstract Book
VSTEMF Winners 2018
2017 Abstract Book
VSTEMF Winners 2017
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.
Welcome! We're so excited that you're interested in participating in this year's STEM fair! Applications for the 2020 fair will be available starting February 1st and will be due March 9th.
Examples of past projects can be viewed here:
2019 Abstract Book
2018 Abstract Book
When you're ready to apply, make sure your teacher has already registered on our website. Once your teacher has registered, select the 'Create Account' link at the top of the page and enter your information.
- You will need an email address to register.
- You will need to select to select a category (e.g. chemistry, math) for your project. To see a list of the categories for this year's fair, select 'Fair Information' from the 'Fair' link at the top of the page. Categories is a tab on the page that opens.
- You will be asked whether you would like to be eligible for ISEF-related prizes. To learn more about ISEF and eligibility, select 'ISEF Forms' from the 'Fair' link at the top of the page. If you have not started the ISEF process by the time you are registering for the fair, it is likely too late to do so, but that doesn't mean you aren't elegible for lots of other great prizes!
- You will need to have a title and abstract for your project. The abstract can include text and standard keybord symbols and should be 250 words or less.
- If are part of a group project, each student in the group needs to register. There is an option for a group project, and once one student has registered the project, the other students will have the option to add themselves to that project using the project's identification number.
- Once you have completed registration, your parent will receive a media release form via email. Please make sure that they complete this form so that Norwich, the Vermont STEM Fair, and potentially News Channel 5(!) can display photos and videos taken at the fair.
If you run into any problems, ask your teacher!
Teacher Main Page
Welcome! We're so excited that you are interested in getting your students involved in the Vermont STEM Fair! Applications for the 2020 fair will become available February 1st and will be due March 9th.
Before your students can register for the fair, you will need to create an account so that your name appears as a teacher option in your students' registration. Click the 'Create Account' link above to create an account.
Once you have registered, each of your students can register using the same 'Create Account' link above. Some things to know about registration:
Students will need an email address to register. It can be your email address (the software has no problem with duplicate email addresses) if students do not have a personal email address or do not wish to use it.
Students will need to select to select a category (e.g. chemistry, math) for their project. To see a list of the categories for this year's fair, select 'Fair Information' from the 'Fair' link at the top of the page. 'Categories' is a tab on the page that opens.
Students will be asked whether they would like to be eligible for ISEF-related prizes. To learn more about ISEF and eligibility, select 'ISEF Forms' from the 'Fair' link at the top of the page. If students have not started the ISEF process by the time they are registering for the fair, it is likely too late to do so, but that does not mean they aren't elegible for many other great prizes!
Students will need to have a title and abstract for their project. The abstract can include text and standard keybord symbols and should be 250 words or less.
If your students completed a group project, each student in the group needs to register. There is an option for a group project, and once one student has registered the project, the other students will have the option to add themselves to that project using the project's identification number.
Once students have completed registration, their parent will receive a media release form via email. Please make sure that they complete this form so that Norwich, the Vermont STEM Fair, and potentially News Channel 5(!) can display photos and videos taken at the fair.
If you or your students have any difficulty with registration, please email Dr. Allison Neal (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I would also recommend that you check out the sample judging sheet to make sure your students are ready to address all of the areas that judges will be asking about!
Judge Main Page
Thank you for your interest in judging the Vermont STEM Fair!
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. 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 are a STEM professional and are interested in judging this year's fair, please register using the 'Create Account' link above. We will start assigning judges to projects around March 14 (if registered, you should receive your assignment around March 21), but the earlier you can register, the better we will be able to determine whether we have enough judges for the number of projects for this year's fair.