Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair
PRICE: FREE and Open To The Public
Join us as we celebrate the curiosity, innovation and shear brilliance of 1,100 area students in grades 4-12 from public, private, parochial, charter and home schools in the nine county metro area. The Fair will be filled with 825 exemplary projects developed by these talented students. And, some of these talented kids will win a piece of the nearly $7,000 in awards and honors. Judging of projects takes place on April 5. Judging is facilitated by professionals from the Greater Kansas City area, whom are leaders in their specific fields of science and engineering.
On Saturday, April 7, awards and high honors will be presented in a ceremony. Awards will be presented to over 200 students and one teacher. The Howard Gadberry Award is designed to recognize teachers in grades 4-12 who show outstanding effort toward the motivation of students in scientific exploration. The award of $500 and a plaque is given annually. The top five senior high projects are awarded the prestigious PIONEERS IN SCIENCE AWARD. This award recognizes outstanding examples of student research, innovation and design. Additionally, the top three senior-level projects that meet the stringent requirements for entering the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) win the prestigious GRAND AWARD. Grand Award winners and their teachers receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2017 Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA May 14-19, 2017. The sponsors for this year’s Grand Awards are Burns & McDonnell, Garmin, Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, Kansas City Power & Light, Quintiles and the Regnier Family Foundations.
Why is the Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair important to area youth?
The role of a Science & Engineering Fair in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is increasing as students learn about science and engineering practices by using them in their investigations. The experience of thousands of teachers and students across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that project based learning is an effective and enjoyable way to learn the competencies required for success in career and civic life. In short, the Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair assists in preparing area youth for success in their education and careers.
Union Station is a hub of culture, education and entertainment. Hands-on learning opportunities are provided daily through our internationally-recognized science center – with hundreds of interactive exhibits, onsite creative and engaging programming available for guests of all ages, unique professional development offerings for educators, and exceptional outreach programs for students such as the Science & Engineering Fair. Science City’s mission is to serve as a scientific, educational and cultural resource to the community, dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of science, learning and discovery. This mission shines through everything the Science City team does – to inspire, engage, educate and collaborate.
The Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and volunteers, including 200+ volunteer judges!