Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) is the state level competition open to students in grades 6 - 12 who have competed and been selected at one of the 13 regional science fairs. Students are divided into two divisions (junior/senior) and compete in one of 12 categories for grand (place) awards, special awards and scholarships. The CSEF is a 3 day event held on the Colorado State University - Fort Collins campus. Activities of the event include project set-up; judging; tours & presentations; guest key-note speaker; awards ceremony; and public viewings.
We are still working on going back through all 60+ years of the CSEF to add students to the database, but it is clear that some regional science fairs (mostly rural areas) have a higher repeat rate than others.
Over the last few years, the CSEF has had over 60% of the students entered into the competition win an award. This compares to the less than 40% at the international level science fair where over 1,700 student compete.
In 2019, Colorado students brought home $25,500 in cash prizes from the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, including a Top-of-Category winner for the CSEF 1st Place Senior Division overall winner. We also brought home the top Intel ISEF prize of a $75,000 scholarship, 3 university scholarships and a trip to Italy!!!