Texas state science fair goes online because of coronavirus concerns

The 1,200 participants in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair won’t travel to Texas A&M University later this month to compete, but instead will present their projects online, organizers announced Wednesday. (Texas A&M photo)

(KWTX) The 1,200 participants in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair won’t travel to Texas A&M University on March 27 to compete, but instead will present their projects online, organizers announced Wednesday.

“We want to keep participants safe while also honoring their hard work and providing an opportunity to advance to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, organizers said in the announcement.

Competitors will submit pdfs of their final state-approved abstracts and additional forms, upload high-resolution photos of their presentation board and complete questionnaires.

Judges will then score the online submissions on March 25 and 26 and will notify students advancing to the second round by March 27.

Round two and blue ribbon judging will take place online on March 28.
Senior division finalists who advance to blue ribbon judging will be expected to be available for interviews on March 28 via the Zoom videoconferencing system.

Students in grades six through 12 competed in regional science and engineering fairs across the state in Texas to advance to the state fair, which was scheduled from March 27 to March 28 at the university.