Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair

April 1, 2017

The Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair will be held at:

Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at The Ohio State University

2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 4321

Schedule of the day

8:00 am - Registration and set-up - there will be breakfast foods provided for the students (fruit, pastries, etc.).

8:45 am - Student welcome

9:00 am - Judging starts (Round 1)

11:00 am - End of Round 1

11:15 am - Announcement of students advancing to Round 2

11:30 am - Start of Round 2

1:30 - 2 pm - ISEF Qualifiers announced

Currently, The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (or Intel ISEF) is one of the largest and most prestigious science fairs in the world for pre-college students. Each year over 1,700 students compete from over 70 countries, regions, and territories around the world, and there is more than $5 million dollars in awards eligible for students at this fair. Unfortunately, students in over half of the counties in Ohio HAVE NO WAY TO QUALIFY FOR THIS FAIR. As seen below, there are large areas of Ohio that cannot currently send students to Intel ISEF (counties in white). This is mostly due to the fact that the fair that sends students to Intel ISEF has to pay all of the students’ expenses (airfare, lodging, food, etc.). 

To provide all students in Ohio an opportunity to qualify for Intel ISEF, The Ohio Academy of Science will be holding the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair (BSEF) in April of 2016. This fair will be available to all student who currently cannot qualify for Intel ISEF based on where they live (see map above). Please see our programs page for an illustration of how students could qualify for the BSEF through their District Science Days.

Students will qualify for the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair (BSEF) through their District Science Days (see figure below). Each District that is completely (or partially) NOT covered by Regional Fairs, will be allocated a number of students (grades 9-12) that can qualify for the BSEF at their District Science Day. These students will then be able to compete at the BSEF for an opportunity to qualify for the Intel ISEF fair. To review which Districts cannot qualify for the Intel ISEF, see the map above.

Thank you to our private and corporate sponsors!



Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the 2016 BSEF, and thank you to our judges and sponsor Ethicon.

Seven students represented the BSEF as presenters at ISEF in 2016!

ISEF Presenters:

  • Alison Bachowksi
  • Chinmay Bakshi
  • Prathik Chakravarthy
  • Rohit Chakravarthy
  • Samantha Loeffler
  • Mitra Shaheel


Pictures from the 2015 BSEF: