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 Nebraska Junior High School

Science, Agriculture & Engineering
Research Competition


In order to participate in this competition, you must be a Nebraska student in grades 6-8. The participant(s) must attend a school in which Highway 281 either passes through that county or is West of Highway 281 in Nebraska. Registration deadline is February 20, 2024 at 11:59 PM CST.


This competition is in-person

Location: McDonald-Belton Gymnasium @ NPCC

Registration opens: 01/01/2024

Registration closes: 02/20/2024

Fair: 9:00 AM 03/20/2024

Rules & Guidelines 

Our competition follows the rules and guidelines for student research established by the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). More information on the rules can  be found below 

About Our Fair

The Central Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair is a science, agriculture, and engineering competition that is open to students from junior high schools found in counties located along and west of Highway 281 in Nebraska. Geographically our territory is over 50,000 square miles.

This fair has been held since 1975. The junior division (grades 6-8) fair was previously hosted by the Biology Department at the University of Nebraska - Kearney. The junior division fair is now hosted by the Mathematics and Science Department of Mid-Plains Community College and is judged primarily by professors of Mid-Plains Community College as well as academics and industry professionals across Nebraska.


Various cash prizes and certificates are awarded by judges to recognize outstanding research. Prizes and certificates come from private and governmental partner organizations.

This science fair is an affiliate of the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The top middle school project from this fair will have the opportunity to compete in the Thermo Fisher Junior Innovators Challenge.  


Thanks for submitting!

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