Piedmont Regional Science Fair
2020 marks Piedmont Region III Science Fair's 65th year!
The Piedmont Region III Science Fair is hosted annually on the beautiful USC Upstate campus. The main sponsor of the Piedmont Region III Science Fair is the Rotary Club of Spartanburg. This fair is an ISEF-affiliated fair and serves students from grades 1-12 in the South Carolina counties of Chester, Cherokee, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union, and York.
Dates and Times:
- Tuesday, March 3, 2020 1 - 5 p.m. - Set up projects at USC Upstate Readiness Center.
- Tuesday, March 3, 2020 6 - 8 p.m. - Judging takes place. Only High School students stand by their projects until the judging interview is complete.
- Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Science Fair is open to the public
- Thursday, March 5, 2020 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Science Fair is open to the public. Parents and Schools should pick up projects.
- Saturday, March 21, 2020 10am Awards Ceremony at the USC Upstate Readiness Center (same place where the projects were displayed). Everyone listed on the awards document (linked below) will be recognized with a certificate.
List of all 2020 award winners
The Piedmont Region III Science Fair is hosted annually on the USC Upstate campus. The Regional Science Fair is a collaborative effort that involves multiple departments from USC Upstate as well as partners from Wofford, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Limestone College, and area businesses. The majority of the funding is provided by USC Upstate and the Rotary Club of Spartanburg.
The Piedmont Region III Science Fair is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries. The overall high school winner of the Piedmont Region III Science Fair will travel and compete at the International Science Fair. More information:https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef.
The fair involves students in grades 1-12 who represent public, private and home schools located in the Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York Counties. Projects are divided by grades into the following academic categories during the competition: Elementary level (grades 1-4), middle level (grades 5-8) and secondary level (grades 9-12). Competition occurs in the following discipline categories: Behavioral and social science, biology, chemistry, general science, math and computer science and physics. On average, the Piedmont Region III Science Fair will display about 800 projects each year.
An awards ceremony is held each year on a Saturday following the competition on the campus of USC Upstate.
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Thank you for your interest in the Piedmont Region III Science Fair! You will find all of the documents you and your students may need for this year's Regional Science Fair below.
The procedures, rules and overall information about the Piedmont Region III Science Fair can be found in the Information packet.
Forms: All forms can be found using the ISEF web page link
All middle and secondary level projects selected to compete in the Regional Science Fair must fill out ISEF Checklist Forms (1, 1A, and 1B). These forms are necessary for students moving on to national and international competition.
Any project (elementary, middle or high school) that involve the use of human/vertebrate subjects or hazardous materials must fill out the appropriate forms before gathering data.
Human Subjects Forms:
- Risk Assessment
- Human Participants
- Sample Informed Consent Statement
- Qualified Scientist (if applicable)
- Research Site (if applicable)
- Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form(if applicable)
Vertebrate Subjects Forms:
- Risk Assessment
- Vertebrate Animal Form
- Qualified Scientist (if applicable)
- Research Site (if applicable)
- Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (if applicable)
Hazardous Materials Forms:
- Potentially Hazardous Agents Form
Please be aware that any project submitted to the Regional Science Fair will be disqualified if any rules are broken. The updated information packet can be found on at the top of this page and emailed to school science fair coordinators the first week in October each year. In the beginning of February, a document for parents/students that are participating in the Regional Science Fair will be sent to school coordinators and uploaded to this webpage.
Now through Jan. 12 School Science Fair Coordinators email about participation.
Feb. 26 – March 2 School Science Fair Coordinators register their student winners.
Tuesday, March 6 1- 5 p.m. -- Set up projects at USC Upstate Readiness Center
6 - 8 p.m. -- Judging takes place. Only High School students stand by their projects until the judging interview is complete.
Wednesday, March 7 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Science Fair is open to the public
Thursday, March 8 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Science Fair is open to the public. Parents and Schools should pick up projects.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PROJECTS MUST BE PICKED UP BY 7 p.m. ON THURSDAY, March 8, 2018. UNCOLLECTED PROJECTS WILL BE DISCARDED AT THIS TIME, AS THERE IS NOT SPACE AVAILABLE AT USC UPSTATE TO HOLD YOUR PROJECT.
Saturday, March 24 10 a.m. -- Awards Ceremony in Readiness Center Greatroom
Q: How can I get my school involved with the Piedmont Region III Science Fair?
A: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest.
Q: When is the deadline for contacting the Science Fair coordinator with anticipated number of projects?
A: Typically school coordinators have until the second week in January to email the Science Fair director (email@example.com).
Q: When and where is the regional fair held?
A: The regional fair is typically held late February or early March. Exact dates can be found on the events page. Project registration and display is held in the Readiness Center at USC Upstate. Visit the About Us page for directions. Please see the letter to parents on the homepage for specific details.
Q: My student’s project will involve human subjects, animal subjects and/or potentially hazardous material, what do I need to fill out?
A: Any project that involves human subjects, animal subjects and/or potentially hazardous materials must be approved by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) before the student starts the experiments. Please refer to the Science Fair information packet on the School Coordinator page for detailed instructions.
Q: When can I pick up my child’s project?
A: Project sign out procedures will begin on Thursday at 9:30am. All projects must be picked up by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. All let over projects will be discarded.
Q: How will projects be judged at the regional science fair?
A: Judging score sheets for elementary, middle and high school projects can be found at the end of the Science Fair information packet on the School Coordinator page.
Q: What are the prizes for winning in the regional science fair?
A: There are many prizes presented during the regional science fair. A list of prizes can be found in the Science Fair information packet on the School Coordinator page.
Q: What are the prizes for overall winners?
A: Gift cards will be presented to the first, second and third place winners for each division. The overall high school winner will present their project at the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Q: What are the grade bands?
A: The grade bands are Elementary (grades 1-4), Middle Level (grades 5-8) and Secondary Level (grades 9-12).
Q: Does my school need to have a school fair to compete in the regional science fair?
A: Elementary and Middle Schools are expected to host a local Science Fair to gain winners to compete in the Regional Science Fair here at USC Upstate. Students are eligible for this Regional Fair if they are winners at their local fair. A school fair is not required for Secondary Level students in grades 9-12.
Q: What is Broadcom Masters?
A: Sixth, Seventh and Eigth graders are eligible to compete for the Broadcom Master’s program if they follow the guidelines and procedures for their project. Only the projects that completed the permission forms will have the opportunity to compete at Broadcom Masters. If you have Middle School students, they MUST complete their forms BEFORE they start their experiments. Please review this information before your students start their experiments: http://www.societyforscience.org/MASTERS/compete.
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