70th Annual GKC Science & Engineering Fair | Union Station

About

Science City at Union Station is proud to continue the tradition with the 70th Greater Kansas City (Virtual) Science & Engineering Fair to help our community grow a science, engineering, math and technology (STEM) literate workforce. The role of a Science & Engineering Fair in STEM 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.

Union Station Kansas City is dedicated to science education, celebration of community and preservation of history. We are proud to host the 70th Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair virtually and want to thank all the students, teachers, parents, mentors and volunteers who help make it a success!

Students in grades 4-12 from public, private, parochial, charter and home schools in 14 counties in and around the KC metro area are eligible to participate in the GKCSEF. The Fair is filled with exemplary projects developed by talented students, some of whom win a piece of the nearly $7,000 in awards and honors.

Annually the very best 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 would normally receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2021 Regeneron International Science & Engineering. Regeneron ISEF: The Next Generation of STEM Leaders: Every year, tens of millions of students participate in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The GKC Science & Engineering Fair in 2021, the competition will take place virtually in order to keep our finalists, volunteers, judges and staff safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A message to students: Thank you all for another inspiring Science & Engineering Fair! We know how much time it takes to plan, execute, and present a project for the Fair, and we applaud your dedication to contributing to the success of the 70th Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair. The Fair has showcased thousands of student projects over the past 69 years, and many of those students have continued their studies and gone on to pursue a career in a STEM field. We want to welcome all of you to the Virtual GKCSEF Family.

A message to parents, teachers and mentors: Thank you for motivating your students, for guiding their curiosities, and promoting critical thinking. Thank you for encouraging your children to ask questions, to push themselves, and to not give up in the face of failure-or an unexpected result…after all, that is part of the beauty of doing science. Your guidance and support is an integral part of the accomplishments of their projects, the success of this Fair, and most importantly the shaping of who the students will become.

Sign Up To Be A Judge Student Registration

Schedule

Friday - February 26, 2021

NO LATER THAN 5:00pm

REGISTRATION AND FORMS DUE

Fair Applications and Certification Forms must be completed online here. Any application received after February 26, 2021 will not be accepted. Any questions please email emeyer@unionstation.org

The $7.00 entry fee must accompany registration for the application to be complete.

Friday - April 2, 2021

NO LATER THAN 5:00pm

FINAL PROJECT SUBMISSIONS DUE BY END OF DAY

All project information must be uploaded by 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday – April 7, 2021

ALL DAY

ONLINE JUDGING BEGINS

ALL DAY

PUBLIC VIEWING ONLINE

4:00 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Meet Our Judges!

Join us for an online panel discussion with past GKC Science & Engineering Fair and Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) Winners!

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Online Student Interviews – Senior Division Students “at projects” in Student Corner

Thursday – April 8, 2021

ALL DAY

Public Viewing Online

ALL DAY

Online Judging

4:00 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Meet Our Judges!

Join us for an online panel discussion with some of our long time JUDGES and see who will be receiving a Judge Award this year!!

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Online Student Interviews – Junior Division and Intermediate Division Students “at projects” in Student Corner

Friday – April 9, 2021

ALL DAY

Public Viewing Online

ALL DAY

Online Judging

4:00 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Meet Our Teachers!

Join us for an online panel discussion with some of our Fair teachers and stay to hear the announcement of the 2021 Howard Gadberry Educator Award Winner!

Saturday – April 10, 2021

By 5:00 pm

ONLINE JUDGING CLOSES at 5:00 pm

Saturday – April 17, 2021

10:00 am

Virtual Awards Ceremony – LIVE on Facebook!

69th VIRTUAL FAIR – April 2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 69th Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair. Preview student projects, sorted by division below. Be sure to check our social channels on Saturday, April 25 for our Virtual Awards Ceremony.

Virtual Fair JR DIV
Virtual Fair IN DIV
Virtual Fair SR DIV

Gadberry Award - Announcement
2020 Virtual Fair – Award Ceremony

Platinum Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Awards Ceremony Sponsor

Gold Grand Award Sponsors

Silver Academic Category Sponsors

Campbell Family Foundation • BioNexus KC • Labconco Corporation • Terracon