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 65 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.
Due to COVID-19, we were forced to hold a virtual CSEF this year and we had a 94% participation rate of students who chose to go ahead and take part in phone interviews with judges. Also, with the cancellation of the international science and engineering fair, we still had all but one of the Colorado projects chosen for that competition choose to submit their abstract and paperwork for publication for their virtual event!