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 43210

Driving Directions to OSU 4-H Center

Parking Overview


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). 

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. This fair will be available to all student who currently cannot qualify for Intel ISEF based on where they live (see map). 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. 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 counties 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 2017 BSEF. This day is made possible by our sponsor, Ethicon and by each of the volunteers and judges. 

Four students will represent the BSEF (The Ohio Academy of Science)  as presenters at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  The 2017 ISEF is being held from May 14-19, in Los Angeles. Students from more than 60 countries will compete for more than $4 million in scholarships and awards 

The 2017 BSEF Finalist selected to compete in the 2017 ISEF:

  • Aaron and Benjamin Charnay, Sycamore High School, Cincinnati
  • Nipun Jayatissa, Maumee Valley Country Day, Maumee 
  • Maanasa Mendu, William Mason High School, Mason


Pictures from the 2017 BSEF: