The MOST hosts its annual Central New York Science & Engineering Fair every March at SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community College campus. Students get the lifelong benefit of understanding science in a unique, hands-on way by actually performing an experiment of their own design or engineering a device or process.
There are two categories:
- Junior, for fourth- through eighth-graders
- Senior, ninth- through 12th graders
All students compete for awards that can include cash prizes. Senior-level students also compete for substantial college scholarships and an all-expenses paid trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.
Middle and high school students build rockets from kits, paint them, and bring them to Syracuse University’s Skytop field the first Saturday in June for launching. Teams are judged on the quality of their construction, knowledge of the subject, how well they estimated their trajectory, and whether or not their “eggstronaut” survived its ride into the sky.
Awards are given in two categories: junior for grades 4 through 8 and senior for grades 9 through 12. The launches are fun to watch and the general public is invited to attend this free event.