N.C. Central Regional 3A Science & Engineering Fair








and the District 3 Student Academy of Science


Fair Information:

Date of fair:                           February 11, 2017

Location:                               Hillside High School

                                              3727 Fayetteville Road

                                              Durham, NC 27707 


Students may participate in both NCSEF and NCSAS



For more information about the venue and FAQ, please visit our website

Registration opens:              November 29, 2016

Registration closes:              January 30, 2017

Registration link:                   http://nccrsf-3a.sfiab.com/login.php



NC Region 3A Science and Technology Fair Grades 3-12

7:30 - 8:45 AM

Students check-in and proceed to set up projects


8:00 AM

Judges check-in


9:00-9:30 AM

Program Welcome


9:40-11:20 AM

Judges interview students

Classrooms and hallways

11:30 AM-12:15 PM

Program for Grades 3-8 students and parents


11:30 AM-12:15 PM

"Meet-a-scientist" event for Grades 9-12 students


12:15 PM

Lunch on your own


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

STEM Displays and Demos


1:30 PM

Public viewing of student projects

Classrooms and hallways

2:15 PM

Projects taken down and classrooms cleaned

Classrooms and hallways

2:30 PM

Science & Engineering Fair Awards ceremony



NCSEF Registration Procedure:

  1. Schools, student participants, fair volunteers, and judges are to register at this site using the link on the left hand side of the webpage titled “Login/Register.” 
  2. If your school does not have a pre-qualifying fair, the student participant must have a teacher register and sponsor them. Only students that have been selected to move to the Regional Fair by their local school fair should register themselves.
    • If students are submitting their project as part of a team, only one team member should register them.
  3. Once registered in the system, students will be emailed their registration number to use to complete their online registration.
  4. After completing the online steps for registration, students must print and sign the “participant registration form” and all ISEF Forms, then mail the following items to complete final registration!  Forms and registration payment must be received by FEB 1, 2017.
  5. Students will be notified about their SRC approval via email.

NCSEF Mandatory Registration Materials:

NC Central Regional 3A Science & Engineering Fair:  This fair is an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Affiliate.  This means that all participants are required to submit the proper ISEF forms. Please use the Science Fair Rules Wizard to determine the forms that are needed to submit. For more information about which forms to submit, please view The ISEF Rules and GuidelinesThis fair requires students to have tri-fold boards for elementary, middle and high school students. 

  1. Forms 1, 1A, 1B, Research Plan, and Abstract.
    • Depending on the nature of the student project, additional special forms may be required. 
    • Following the ISEF Science Fair Form Wizard will show the forms needed.
  2. Participant registration form: this form will be created upon registration.
  3. Registration Fee: $30 per project
    • If mailing registration checks, please make payable to “Central Regional 3A Science & Engineering Fair"

Please mail these mandatory forms and payment to: 

Central Regional 3A Science & Engineering Fair Registration

c/o Hillside High School

3727 Fayetteville St


Durham, NC 27707

NCSEF Judges:

We need your help to judge elementary, junior and senior projects from Durham, Granville, Wake, Vance, Warren, Johnston, Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, Northampton, and Franklin counties.The Region 3A Science & Engineering Fair will be held Saturday, February 11, 2016 at Hillside High School in Durham and judges are needed from 8 am to 1 pmRequirements are a background in science and/or engineering and a desire to help students in the pursuit of these topics.  A brief orientation and judging rubrics (along with coffee and lunch) will be provided.  Each category will be evaluated by a team of judges.

Sign up at this link http://nccrsf-3a.sfiab.com/user_new.php?type=judge between November 1, 2016 and Janurary 27, 2017.  You will be notified one week before the fair with more information about parking, check-in, and the schedule.  If you have any questions or concerns, email Rebecca Dalton at rebecca.m.dalton@duke.edu. 



The District Level NCSAS Competition is scheduled on the same day as the NC Region 3A Science and Engineering Fair.  Students in grades 6-12 may participate in both events on the same day.  For more information and to register visit 




Registration for the District 3 NCSAS opens:    Jan. 13, 2017
Registration closes:                                           Jan. 27, 2017
Registration link (will go live on 1/13):               www.ncsas.org/competitions

NC Student Academy of Science - Region 3A Grades 6-12

7:30 -11:00 AM

Students check-in


10:30 AM

Judges check-in


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Judges attend student presentations


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch on your own


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

STEM Displays and Demos


1:45-2:15 PM

Awards Ceremony


  • Write a paper on your own science experiment or engineering research project.
  • Give an oral presentation in front of the judges.
  • Compete at your District to advance to the State.
  • State Competition on Friday March 24th, 2017.
  • Earn Awards, Scholarships, and a chance to go to the AAAS/AJAS Annual Meeting.