Science fairs provide a vehicle by which talented science, mathematics and engineering students can be recognized for their achievements just as athletes are recognized in sporting events. When students do original research, they better understand the nature of science. They get to network with other students who share their interest. Many of these students go on to pursue STEM careers because of this experience, which is greatly needed by our country.

This is the 28th year that Rensselaer is hosting and sponsoring the Greater Capital Region Science and Engineering Fair, an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the STANYS Science Congress. STANYS State Science Congress is sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS). Top projects from the Senior Division (grades 9–12) will be chosen to compete in the Intel ISEF and the STANYS State Science Congress. Top projects from the Junior Division (grades 6-8) will be chosen to compete in the STANYS State Science Congress and the Broadcom Masters National Competition.