About the Regional Science Fair

Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair

Mission
The Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair will provide a valued educational experience to students through the development and presentation of science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) research.

Intel Affiliation
Intel ISEF logoThe Regional Science Fair is affiliated with Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

To participate in Intel ISEF, millions of students worldwide must undergo at least one level of competition by participating in a regional, state, or national science fair that is affiliated with Intel ISEF. Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talent on an international stage, enabling them to submit their work to be judged by doctoral level scientists—and providing the opportunity to compete for nearly $4 million in prizes and scholarships. As part of Intel ISEF affiliation, the Regional Science Fair will follow the international rules and guidelines and will collect the required ISEF forms. Students who place in the Junior or Senior Division will be promoted to the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.

Origins
The idea for a science fair for area elementary and middle school students originated in 1987 with Dr. Joyce Freeman and Dr. Janice Freeman at Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi). The faculty of TAMUCC's College of Education and Human Development and the College of Science and Engineering feel that students should be given the opportunity to gain practical and hands-on experience in all areas of science. Therefore, the University has continued to be a major sponsor of the regional fair since its inception.

Guiding Principles
We will achieve our mission by:

  1. Working together as a team
  2. Being open-minded
  3. Listening to all affected parties (customers)
  4. Striving for excellence and quality in everything we do
  5. Being consistent with educational standards and goals
  6. Encouraging a free and spirited collaboration by all volunteers

Expected Outcomes
Through the successful pursuit of our commitment, we expect to:

  1. Enhance the students' ability to:
    a) Make observations
    b) Ask questions about particular phenomena or situations
    c) Formulate ideas/predictions about the solution to a problem
    d) Develop and carefully follow procedures to arrive at answers or solutions to a problem
    e) Effectively present and communicate his or her work to society
  2. Increase students' awareness of STEM.
  3. Increase students' interest for future careers in STEM.
  4. Provide a quality event that encourages continued/future participation.
  5. For students participating in the Junior and Senior Divisions, provide opportunity for advancement to the state and international science fair competitions.