Photo of GKCSEF in Grand Plaza

March 29 - April 1, 2022

Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair

Science City at Union Station is proud to continue the tradition with the 72ND Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair to help our community grow a science, engineering, math and technology (STEM) literate workforce. The role of a Science & Engineering Fair in STEM education is increasing, as students learn about science and engineering practices by using them in their investigations. The experience of thousands of teachers and students across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that project-based learning is an effective and enjoyable way to learn the competencies required for success in career and civic life.

Save the Date: The 2023 Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair will take place March 29 – April 1, 2023.


About | Schedule | Student & Registration | T-Shirt Design Contest |Campbell Family Educator GrantCharles N. Kimball Awards Ceremony

Union Station Kansas City is dedicated to science education, a celebration of community and preservation of history. We are proud to host the 72nd Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair back IN PERSON and want to thank all the students, teachers, parents, mentors and volunteers who help make it a success!

Students in grades 4-12 from public, private, parochial, charter and home schools in 15 counties in and around the KC metro area are eligible to participate in the GKCSEF. The Fair is filled with exemplary projects developed by talented students, some of whom win a piece of the nearly $7,000 in awards and honors.

Kansas Missouri
Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas, Franklin Jackson, Bates, Cass, Clay, Platte, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Benton


Annually the very best senior-level projects that meet the stringent requirements for entering the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) win the prestigious GRAND AWARD. Grand Award winners and their teachers would normally receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2023 Regeneron International Science & Engineering in Dallas, TX. Regeneron ISEF: The Next Generation of STEM Leaders: Every year, tens of millions of students participate in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

For More Information About ISEF

A message to students: Thank you all for another inspiring Science & Engineering Fair! We know how much time it takes to plan, execute, and present a project for the Fair, and we applaud your dedication to contributing to the success of the 72nd Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair. The Fair has showcased thousands of student projects over the past 70 years, and many of those students have continued their studies and gone on to pursue a career in a STEM field.

A message to parents, teachers and mentors: Thank you for motivating your students, for guiding their curiosities, and for promoting critical thinking. Thank you for encouraging your children to ask questions, to push themselves, and to not give up in the face of failure-or an unexpected result…after all, that is part of the beauty of doing science. Your guidance and support is an integral part of the accomplishments of their projects, the success of this Fair, and most importantly the shaping of who the students will become.

Contact Emily Meyer for Sponsorship or Special Award information at [email protected]

Science Fair Kick-Off

Want to do a Science & Engineering Fair project but don’t know where to start? Come and learn all about the Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair and get prepared to help you child or student enter a project into the 2023 Fair. Explore ways to help them choose a topic of interest, identify a question to investigate, create a research plan and get connected with STEM professionals in our community! We will cover the registration process and how to fill out forms to enter the 2023 Science & Engineering Fair! Students leave with a Project Board.

Register Here

2023 Schedule

Friday, February 17th, 2023



If your project requires PRIOR APPROVAL, please submit forms BEFORE your RESEARCH START DATE! Unsure about prior approvals needed?

Email the GKCSEF Scientific Review Committee at [email protected]

Friday, February 24th, 2023


Any application received after February 18th, 2023 will not be accepted.

The $7.00 entry fee must accompany registration for the application to be complete.
Any questions please email [email protected]

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

8:00 am – 3:00 pm PROJECT SET UP
Students may set up exhibits at Union Station in Grand Hall and Grand Plaza.
All projects must be set up by 3:00 pm.
4:00 – 10:00 pm ACADEMIC JUDGING
The Fair is closed to the public.
7:00 – 8:30 pm STUDENT INTERVIEWSStudents should be at their projects to interview with academic judges.JUNIOR LEVEL INTERVIEWS (optional)SENIOR LEVEL INTERVIEWS (required)

Thursday, March 30th, 2023

7:00am –12:00pm SPECIAL AWARD JUDGINGThe Fair is closed to the public.
12:00 – 5:00pm* PUBLIC VIEWING and SCHOOL FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCESThe Fair is free and open to the public. Science Fair booth closes at 5 pm, Fair is still open for public viewing!*Subject to change

Friday, March 31st, 2023

The Fair is free and open to the public.
4:00 – 7:00 pm REMOVAL OF PROJECTS
All projects must be removed by 7:00 pm. Projects not picked up will be discarded!

Saturday, April 1st, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm THE CHARLES N. KIMBALL AWARDS CEREMONYGrand Plaza – Live on Union Station’s Facebook Page.

Awards valued at $7,000+

Students receiving top academic or special awards will be invited to attend. Parents, teachers, relatives and friends are invited to attend as well.


Volunteer at the Fair!

Be a Judge!

The 72nd Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair, to be held in-person at historic Union Station from Wednesday, March 29th – Saturday, April 1, 2023.  The commitment for judging at the GKCSEF is approximately 4 hours on the evening of Wednesday, March 29th from about 5-9pm.

That evening we will host our Judges Meeting and Dinner from 5-6pm, dinner provided, with judging and student interviews happening that night. More details will go out as we get closer to the Fair!

If you have any questions about the Fair or about judging, please email Emily Meyer, Fair Director at [email protected]

Register to be a judge

General Fair Volunteer

General Volunteers will help at the Fair booth throughout the week of the Fair. Volunteers may sing up for one or more time slots, and each shift will be 3 hours.

Register to be a volunteer

Be a Mentor!

Become a mentor today! Mentors can range in commitment from a simple phone call to full blown experimental help. Signing up does not automatically assign you to a student, but adds you to our ever-growing mentor list.

Register to be a mentor

2022 Science & Engineering Fair Theme: “The Future is Bright!”

Entry Deadline: Friday, January 27th, 2023 by 5:00pm

Winner will be notified by February 10th 2023

Winner and Runner up receive an Amazon gift card!

  • Winning design on Fair t-shirt and Program book
  • Runner-up: Design on Fair Scavenger Hunt

Submission Guidelines

Submit Your Entry Here

GKCSEF - T-Shirt

GKCSEF Charles N. Kimball Awards Ceremony

Sponsored By Burns & McDonnell

Special Awards
Both national and local STEM organizations with a devoted interest in science education provide special awards for projects entered into the Fair. Each organization selects its own award criteria and provides judges to select the winning projects.
We would like to thank all of these organizations for their support and participation in the Fair.

Photo From GKCSEF Award Ceremony