Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Inc. (CKRSEF)

Dr. Bruce Walcott

(859) 257-1182


CKRSEF is a science fair for elementary, middle and high school students (4-12) from 33 counties in central Kentucky .  The competition is split into three groups: 4th grade, 5th-8th grade, and 9th -12th grade.  It is annually held in March at the University of Kentucky .  Students projects must concentrate in one of the several categories listed by CKRSEF, including behavioral science, earth and space science, botany, zoology, medicine/health, engineering, environmental, microbiology, chemistry and physics.  Winners from the CKRSEF will have the opportunity to compete at the Kentucky State Science and Engineering Fair (KY-SEF) and the overall winners from CKRSEF advance directly to the International Science and Engineering Fair.  The CKRSEF is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Discovery programs (Washington , DC).

FIRST LEGO League ( Central Kentucky )

Dr. Bruce Walcott

(859) 257-1182


First Lego League

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international robotics program giving students, ages 9 to 14, a passion for discovery, science and technology.  Students collaborate as a team while being guided by a coach.  The students will research and solve a real-world problem based on a theme established by FLL, present their research and solutions and build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts.  FLL (Central Kentucky) is an official invitational tourney.

Future Cities Competition

Dr. Bruce Walcott

(859) 257-1182


Future City web site

On Saturday, January 19, 2008, Future Cities Competition will be held at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.  Future Cities Competition is an educational engineering program for 7th and 8th grade students.  It gives students a chance to present their vision of the city of the future with hands on applications utilizing engineering principles and challenges.  This is a team competition that involves problem-solving, team work, research and presentation skills, practical math and science applications, and computer skills.  The goals of Future Cities Competition is to foster engineering skills, inform the community about the engineering profession, and inspire students to explore future concepts and careers in engineering.  This year’s challenge is keeping America’s city infrastructure healthy by using nanotechnology to monitor city structures and systems.  Registration deadline for Kentucky schools is October 15, 2007.  Contact regional coordinator Diana Anderson at (606) 337-4386 or diana.anderson@pineville.kyschools.us, visit www.futurecity.org, or call toll-free 1-877-636-9578.

Girls Enjoy Math and Science (GEMS)

Vicki Cooper



GEMS website

Over 300 middle school students will attend GEMS each year on the UK Campus as part of the Kentucky Girl Scout experience. GEMS is a chance for girls to explore and learn with hands on experiments the scientific method, science in daily life , how math and science are connected, and careers in science.   Girls will be exposed to careers in engineering, forensics, chemistry, microbiology, medicine and other science-related fields.

Kentucky American Water-Fayette County Public Schools District Science Fair

David Helm

(859) 381-4920


Fayette County Public Schools Science Fair

This fair is the next step for the winners of the individual school fairs in the District for students in grades four through twelve.  Award winning students from this level proceed to the Regional Science Fair held at UK . There are numerous categories in which a student may have a project entered such as Physics, Engineering, Botany, Behavioral Science, Chemistry, Zoology and so on.  The District fair is Saturday, February 10th at the new Bryan Station High School .


MATHCOUNTS in a Nutshell

MATHCOUNTS is a national math coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.  Teachers and volunteers are given materials at the beginning of the school year, and these materials are used to coach student “Mathletes,” in a class-setting or as an extracurricular activity.  After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in a written and oral competition held at a local level in February with winners progressing to the state competition in March.  At the state level, the top four individuals and the top coach will be sent to represent the state in the national finals.  This program is affiliated with the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  The local chapter of NSPE, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE), operates the MATHCOUNTS program in Kentucky .

Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP)

Elaine Harrison

(502) 564-2020 x 236


Kentucky Department of Education STLP web site

Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) is a project-based program that empowers students in all grade levels (P-16) to use technology to learn and achieve.  STLP’s mission is to advance individual capabilities, to motivate all students, and to create leadership opportunities through the use of technology.  Students develop projects that fall into one of four categories ”instructional, community, technical, and entrepreneurial.  These are created to benefit the school and community while meeting STLP goals.  Students may have a chance to be involved in a District Technology Showcase, District Art Shows, District Video Festival, Summer Camps and the opportunity to win District STLP Awards.