In addition to winning trophies, cash and other awards, top Junior winners are nominated to enter the national Broadcom MASTERS competition. Top Senior winners are promoted to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Virtual Fair Questions
Teams of up to three students can work together on a project and register as a TEAM project.
When you register, also ask your 2021 STEM teacher to also register on lrsef.stemwizard.com under “Teacher Registration” so they can see your progress online, help you with all the parts of the process, and approve your project for LRSEF. Once your teacher registers, you can select their name from the drop-down menu.
Every registered, approved and paid project will be judged in its Category by a panel of up to 4 judges in the morning hours. Mark your calendar now to be available for 15-minute personal interviews via Zoom.
You will know in advance the time of your morning interview. On fair day, you will enter the Zoom room for your level and category at your designated time. Judges will have already reviewed your abstract and presentation, so they will want you to speak about your project and research for 5-8 minutes. You should be prepared to answer questions from the panel of judges in the remaining time.
In the afternoon, students who rank in the top of their categories will advance to second and third round judging. New Zoom interview times will be sent to students and you will again have a 15-minute appointment with different panels of judges.
Instead, you will submit a title, a 250-word abstract and a written presentation (such as Power Point) including the elements that you have put on your poster for past fairs. (limit 12 pages) You may also make and link judges to a 2-minute video of yourself talking about your project. These elements will be uploaded into the LRSEF Virtual Fair Milestone in STEM Wizard.
Complete details for how to prepare your materials can be found on the Student and Teacher LRSEF webpage or uploaded from the LRSEF STEM Wizard page -see Guidelines document under Useful Links.
Be aware, as in the past, all forms in the Forms & Files Milestones MUST be filled out completely and uploaded (including the LRSEF Teacher/Parent/Guardian Permission form, available in the Milestone and on our Stem Wizard page). Your project must also meet all the safety standards always required, so be sure to review and answer the LRSEF Safety Certification Milestone.
Projects with incomplete files after 11:59 p.m. Feb. 17, 2021 will not be accepted for the Virtual Fair.
LRSEF is using the same requirements as the KY Science & Engineering Fair and the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair, so your materials will be ready if your project advances.
Team projects are eligible for Category Awards, and must share the cash prize, each student on the team will receive their own ribbon.
Three top schools at the Senior & Junior level will be awarded a cash prize and trophy.
LRSEF will also promote every 1st & 2nd place winner to the Ky Science & Engineering Fair to be held online on March 27, 2021.
The 5 Best of Fair Seniors will be nominated as Finalists for the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair to be held online in May 2021.
The top 10% of the Junior projects will be nominated to enter Broadcom MASTERS 2021, which is a national competition culminating in a weeklong STEM event, held online in October 2021.
The decisions made by the LRSEF judges are final. No re-judging will be held. For complete criteria, see the Judges page of the LRSEF website.
For 2021, you may nominate your project for up to 3 awards by completing the Special Awards Milestone in your registration before the February 17 deadline. If you are eligible for the AMAZON award, you should indicate this in the Special Awards Milestone.
Your project materials in the Virtual Fair Milestone will be judged online by a panel of qualified special awards judges for all special awards during the week of February 27 – March 3, 2021. You will NOT need to be available for a Zoom interview for the first round of judging for the Special Awards.
Special Note for the “TOP TEN” Special Awards!
Zoom personal interviews will be held on Thursday March 4 between 4 – 8 pm EST/5 – 9pm CST for several finalists selected for these ten Special Awards. So, if you have nominated yourself for one of the top ten Special Awards, you may need to be available for a panel of judges to talk with you about your project on that day. Advanced appointments will be made for this process.
A list of these “Top Ten” Special Awards will be made by February 1, 2021.
LRSEF is exploring several options for distributing awards including, mailing awards, sending awards to each school for distribution or hosting one or more “drive by “events so that students and families can register to safely pick up their awards.
Watch lrsef.org for announcements about details about the Award Ceremony and distribution of 2021 awards as fair day approaches.
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