SAVE THE DATE for the 22nd Annual Fair

Western Upper Peninsula Science & Engineering Fair and STEM Festival

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan


Students in grades 4-8 who live in or attend school in:

Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic, Houghton, and Ontonagon Counties

Register HERE – Deadline Friday, February 28, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.


We need Volunteers!

The science fair and STEM festival are not possible without all of our volunteers.

Please complete this google form if you are willing to volunteer as a judge at the 2020 Science & Engineering Fair.

Science & Engineering Fair

Join us to celebrate and improve science & engineering literacy with students as they share their research projects, designs & investigations.


5-6 p.m. Science & Engineering Fair open to the public with Judging of projects from 6-8:30 p.m. in the MUB Ballroom.


Online Student Registration Form for 2020 – Deadline 2/28/2020

Individual Registration or Group Registration Printable Forms

Teacher Letter 2020

Science Project Student Guide 2020 

Science Project Checklist 2020

Engineering Challenge Student Guide 2020 (coming soon)

Engineering Challenge Checklist (coming soon)

STEM Festival:  4:30-8 pm

More than two dozen exciting, hands-on science & engineering activities, facilitated by nearly 100 MTU students, will be open to all science fair participants and their family members, as well as, open to all K-8 youth and their families from the western UP. This fun event will take place in the Commons Area (ground floor) of MTU’s Memorial Union Building (MUB).

New this year, all STEM Festival participants will have the opportunity to visit Michigan Tech’s Makerspace to work in teams to design the solution to a variety of engineering challenge! Sign up for a timeslot at the STEM Festival information table.

Science & Engineering Fair Exhibit at the Carnegie Museum

The Carnegie Museum in Houghton will setting up a special exhibit of the best projects of the 2019 Western UP Science Fair to recognize time and effort put into award winning projects. The Carnegie Museum is located on the corner of Huron & Montezuma Streets in downtown Houghton.

TBD – Exhibit of Winning Projects

TBD – Closing Reception


Results from the 2019 Science Fair and STEM Festival 

Click here to learn more from our Spring 2019 Press Release

Click here for  2019 individual award winning project results!

Click here for 2019 group award winning project results!

Click here for a list of all 2019 Science Fair participants!

Click here for a photo gallery of the 2019 Science Fair and STEM Festival (coming soon)

Thank you collaborator and sponsors

The 2020 Western UP Science & Engineering Fair and STEM Festival is a collaborative effort of:

  • Western U.P. STEM Network
  • Michigan Tech Center for Science and Educational Outreach
  • Michigan Tech Chapter of Omega Chi Epsilon Chemical Engineering Honor Society
  • Carnegie Museum

The 2020 Western UP Science & Engineering Fair and STEM Festival is made possible by sponsorship of following Michigan Tech Departments and community organizations: 

  • College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • College of Sciences and Arts
  • Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Ecosystem Science Center
  • Great Lakes Research Center
  • Transportation Institute
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