Baylor University and Sigma Xi sponsored the first fair on March 29, 1957. There were 40 entries from area schools in Bosque, McLennan, Navarro, Freestone, Limestone, Falls, Bell, Coryell, Somervell and Lampasas counties.
The Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair (CTSEF), in association with Society for Science & the Public, is a non-profit organization established under IRS guidelines. Its purpose is to promote interest and expertise in science and engineering among school students in a 13-county region. The CTSEF encourages and inspires students to explore and investigate their world through hands-on research.
After conducting research, students present their findings in three-dimensional exhibits that are evaluated by scientists and educators. Students acquire useful scientific knowledge as well as develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them now and in the future. At the competitions, students have the opportunity to meet students from other schools, exchange ideas, and demonstrate the results of their research. Winners qualify to advance to state and international competitions.
CTSEF is governed by a board of volunteer trustees who work in close cooperation with administrative representatives of Baylor University and Texas State Technical College. Businesses, foundations, organizations, societies, and individuals help support the fair through community donations.
CTSEF is governed by a board of unpaid trustees who work in close cooperation with administrative representatives of Baylor University. Businesses, foundations, organizations, societies, and individuals help support the fair through community donations.
FROM OUR FAIR DIRECTORS
Welcome to the 2023-2024 Central Texas Science and Engineering Fair (CTSEF)! This is our 67th year of operation. We are excited that you want to learn more about the Fair and look forward to your participation this year.
This year again will be different. While we plan to have an in-person regional fair, we may use a virtual platform component also. So, stay tuned for details!
The CTSEF is affiliated with the Texas Science and Engineering Fair as well as the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. Winners at the CTSEF will be eligible to proceed to the TXSEF. It is expected that the TXSEF will be a hybrid fair with both in-person and virtual components.
Winning students at local fairs in our 13-county area are eligible to advance to the regional fair in Waco in February.
Linda Morris and David Lintz
Mayborn Museum Complex
McLennan Community College
Waco Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation
Waco Cardiology Associates
Radiation Technology, Inc.
Society for Science
The CTSEF Board of Trustees
Red Men Museum and Library
Region XII Education Service Center
Baylor University School of Education
For any questions or concerns, please call: (254) 710-1110 or fill out the following form
Science Fair Office
One Bear Place #97154
Waco, Texas 76798
Telephone: (254) 710-1110