Northern S.D. Science and Mathematics Fair

Northern hosts the annual Northern South Dakota Science and Mathematics Fair, showcasing hundreds of projects from young scientists in grades 6-12 from this region.

36th annual Fair

March 28, 2019


The event is affiliated with Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Washington, D.C. Between 400 and 500 students are expected to exhibit projects involving biology, botany, chemistry, physics, health and medicine, and more. Top winners will have an opportunity to exhibit at ISEF. The fair also features the NSU Science Bowl competition, with a junior division for grades 7-9 and senior division for grades 9-12. Judges are approximately 70 professionals from the Aberdeen area; Northern faculty; and upper-level Northern students.

Forms and Registration

Form submission deadline is 5 p.m. CST March 18, 2019.


Science Fair Registration

Science Bowl Registration

Judge Registration Form

Dwayne Rehfeld Award

ISEF Rules, Forms and Guidelines

ISEF Forms Wizard (to help you determine which forms and approvals are necessary before beginning a science fair project)


2018 Winners

Team Winner

Nathan Rook and Conner Torrence, Aberdeen Central High School: "Low Cost 3-D Printed Robotic Arm"


Individual Grand Winners

Hailey Boekelheide, Northwestern School: "Recreating Ancient Art Mediums"

Danny Orr, Northwestern School: "Feasibility of Supplementation of Oxyhydrogen Gas to Increase Internal Combustion Efficiency"


Student observer

Jacob Kuch, Aberdeen Central High School: "Production of Cellulosic Ethanol via the Breakdown of Cardboard by Acids and Bases"


Quiz Bowl

Senior Division

1st place - Aberdeen Central

2nd place – Langford

3rd place – Frederick


Junior Division

1st place - Frederick

2nd place – Northwestern


What makes a good science fair project?

Students: Have you ever wondered how to begin a science fair project - what makes a good project - what sort of project to do? Explore below to learn how to get started!


International Science and Engineering Fair

Top winners of the math and science fair have an opportunity to exhibit at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).


Affiliated with intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science and the Public




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