Students, Grades 5-12

Don't Forget to Register your Project! Registration Closes February 19, 2018!



This event is open to students in grades 5–12 who have received a “superior” rating at their schools’ science fairs and have been chosen by the school to represent them at the Science and Engineering Expo.

The registration fee in order to compete at the SEE is $35 per project.

Science and Engineering EXPO

University of Cincinnati

PO Box 210096

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0096 

To participate, your school must be located in the southwestern Ohio district, which encompasses the following counties:

  • Butler
  • Clermont
  • Hamilton
  • Preble
  • Warren

Students from other counties can find the location of their district science day on the Ohio Academy of Sciences Web site.

Students who attend virtual schools, are home schooled or whose schools do not hold science fairs may participate as well. It is a requirement that students participate in a local science fair in order to attend SEE, and applications are submitted by the teachers at the school holding the science fair. If you would like more information about schools in the area that are holding fairs contact us at ucsciencefair@uc.edu or on the science fair hot-line at (513)556-4433 to get more information.

Categories and Subcategories

The Ohio Academy of Science has made a significant change to the number and type of project categories. These new changes are driven by ISEF considerations. The twenty-two categories listed below are those that will be used at SEE and State Science Day in 2018:

Animal Science

Behavioral and Social Sciences


Biomedical and Health Sciences

Biomedical Engineering

Cellular and Molecular Biology


Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Earth and Environmental Science

Embedded Systems

Energy: Chemical

Energy: Physical

Engineering Mechanics

Environmental Engineering

Materials Science



Physics and Astronomy

Plant Sciences

Robotics and Intelligent Machines

Systems Software

Translational Medical Science 

Many projects could easily fit into more than one category, therefore we highly recommend that you review the entire listing of the new categories before choosing the category that most accurately describes your project. If the project could be in multiple categories, it is best to select the primary category of your project rather than “Other.”

Below is a link with additional descriptions about the categories and subcategories that will be used at SEE and State Science Day in 2018:



Types of Science Fair Projects

There are two types of science fair projects that are acceptable for the Science and Engineering Expo. You can choose to perform a traditional scientific experiment, where you test a hypothesis through experimentation, or an engineering design project, where you design a solution to a problem and test the outcomes.


The Scientific Method

State a question or problem

Gather background information

Formulate hypothesis; identify variables

Design experiment, establish procedure(s)

Test hypothesis by doing an experiment

Analyze results & draw conclusions

Present results

The Engineering Design Project

Define a problem or need

Gather background information

Establish design statement or criteria

Prepare preliminary designs

Build and test a prototype(s)

Verify, test & redesign as necessary

Present results