Student Competitions

The MOST organizes four Design, Build & Compete outreach programs and a regional science fair for students in the center of New York State from Canada to the Pennsylvania border. Students who live in the following counties are welcome to register for all the events: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga, and Tompkins.

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Central New York Science & Engineering Fair

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Postponed until further notice.

Registration will remain open until further notice.  We need an accurate number of participants to best match replacement venue.

2020 CNY Science & Engineering Fair Registration OPEN

2020 CNY Science & Engineering Fair Flyer

2020 COVID-19 Update –

Dear participants, parents, teachers, judges, volunteers, and community members:

Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the annual Central New York Science & Engineering Fair (CNYSEF) scheduled for March 29, 2020 will be postponed until further notice. We are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and other state and local authorities.

In the meantime, please continue to register your student projects for the fair. We are working closely with SRC Arena and our other partners to determine how best to evaluate and reward student effort this year. We are hopeful that we will be able to reschedule or institute an alternative format for this year’s fair, and we will continue to update you as these plans, and the larger public health situation, develop.

This outbreak reminds us all of the importance of scientific inquiry, research, and public awareness of science. As a proud part of the scientific community in CNY, the MOST will continue to rely on the advice of reputable organizations like WHO and the CDC, and follow their recommendations. We encourage you to do the same.

Link for 2020 volunteers & judges

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

Be sure to register for the event before attending!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Central New York Rocket Team Challenge

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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.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2020

Time: 8 AM – 2 PM

Location: TBD

Be sure to register for the event before attending!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Central New York Bridges Build ’Em & Bust ’Em

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The Central New York Bridges: Build ’Em & Bust ’Em bridge building competition provides 4th – 12th grade students a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity. This event gives students an opportunity to test their ability in engineering, teamwork, and design.

Each team builds a balsa wood bridge to test the strength and durability of their design. Awards are presented to the four top teams in these categories:

  • Category I – Grades 4-6
  • Category II – Grades 7-8
  • Category III – Grades 9-12

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019

Time: 8 AM – 1 PM

Location: MOST

Be sure to register for the event before attending!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Central New York Steamboat Challenge

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The 2020 Steamboat Challenge on Saturday, October 17 will be a virtual event, live-streamed for all participants, families, and members of the public. Stay tuned for all the morning’s races, raffles and giveaways, and special video segments from the MOST and its community partners!

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020

Time: 9 AM – 1 PM

Location: Virtual

Be sure to register for the event before virtually attending!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Central New York Regional VEX IQ Robotics Challenge

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The VEX IQ challenge uses a robotics kit of the same name that was designed to be simple and easy for students as young as 8 to use. Structural pieces snap together and come apart without tools, allowing for quick build times and easy modifications. A variety of gears, wheels and other accessories allows for customization of robots.

Each year’s team challenge is different and the team must accomplish a task with its robot they built and programmed. The event is open to elementary and middle school teams. Families of participants and the general public are invited to watch the competition.

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Time: 9 AM – 2 PM

Location: MOST

Be sure to register for the event before attending!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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