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National Science Project Competition

High school and primary school teams display their use of the scientific method and findings after months of research and experimentation based on International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) rules and guidelines.

Key Things to Know

  • Students in grades 4-6 (primary school) and forms 3-5 (high school) are eligible to participate.

  • Only one entry/team per school is permitted.

  • Each team can comprise of up to four students.

  • For primary schools, two (2) of the students on the project competition team can be from the quiz competition.

  • Project categories and information packs with forms can be downloaded on the resources page.

  • High school teams are required to submit project abstracts for board review by the deadline date specified for approval.

  • FortisTCI provides schools with a stipend to assist with purchasing materials to support the porject.

  • Travel arrangements for schools located on sister islands are covered by FortisTCI.

  • Students are allotted a maximum of 15 minutes to present their project to the judges including question and answers.

  • Only the students will answer questions from the judges. Students should also be prepared to present to guests and the public.

  • Maximum Size of Project:

Depth (front to back): 30 inches or 76 centimeters

Width (side to side): 48 inches or 122 centimeters

Height (floor to top): 108 inches or 274 centimeters

  • Display board must be self-supporting; single sided.

  • Project boards should sit on top and at the back of your table.

  • Schools are responsible for extension cords and other accessories needed.

  • Displays should be mounted at booth on the evening preceding, the first day of the fair.

  • For high schools, an Official Abstract and Certification as approved (stamped/sign) by the Project Review Board should be visible and vertically displayed at the Project Booth at the front edge of the table. The event organizer will make this available.

Important Dates

  • October 23, 2023 – Registration deadline for all project participants. Teacher/Coaches are also required to register.

  • November 16, 2023 - Project abstracts from high school teams are due for board review. Abstracts should be emailed to

  • November 30, 2023 - Deadline for schools to replace any previously registered team member.

  • November 20-21, 2023- Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Scientific Review Committee (SRC) initial review of project abstracts.

  • November 27, 2023- IRB/SRC release results from initial review of project abstracts.

  • November 30, 2023 - Deadline for submission of revised project abstracts.

  • December 5, 2023 - IRB/SRC final review of project abstracts.

  • March 7, 2024 – National Science Project Competition hosted during the FortisTCI National Science and Technology Fair.

What problem do you want to solve?

Many projects could easily fit into more than one International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) category. We highly recommend that you review the entire listing of categories and sub-categories before choosing the category that most accurately describes your project. This list can be found on the Resources page.


Each student on the winning project team receives an educational grant, a tech-based gift and a special participant bag. The school also receives a donation towards its science program. Second place winner also receives a donation for its school science program, and each student on the debate team receives an educational grant. The monetary amounts are tiered.

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