What is GEARSEF?
GEARSEF is a regional affiliate fair of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's largest international pre-college science competition.
Who may participate?
The Greater East Alabama Regional Science & Engineering Fair (GEARSEF) is open to all students in grades 6-12 who have advanced from their local science fair (school, county, district, or community fair) and reside within the following Alabama counties: Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, and Tallapoosa. Students can be enrolled in public or private schools in the region or affiliated with a home school cover school.
It is recommended that students present their projects at a school or county science fair and only advance to GEARSEF if they were in the top 25% of those participating in the fair. For students already participating in a school or county science fair, Auburn University's Regional Fair is the next step forward for those winning projects. If the school district or county you reside in does not have its own fair, Auburn's Regional Fair can serve as the first competition site for top student projects pending pre-approval from the GEARSEF Science Fair Director.
How much does it cost to participate?
The cost is $20.00/project entry.
New Digital System for Paperwork This Year!
GEARSEF is going paperless! This year GEARSEF will be using a new system called "Scienteer" to streamline student paperwork and registration. ALL student and school registrations are required to go through the Scienteer system. We've already hosted a few training sessions this Fall on the new system, but if you missed out and still want to participate, contact Josh King using the information below and we will get you caught up on what you missed! A variety of helpful tutorials and documents on Scienteer can be found on our Scienteer help page.
How do I register my school? My project?
All schools and students should register for an account in the Scienteer system as early as possible in the Fall semester in order to have time to fill out their digital paperwork and the necessary project pre-approvals. The completed student project information will be due to GEARSEF in the Scienteer system by February 10th. However, please note that most science fair paper work should be completed before students begin their projects long ahead of the February 10th deadline so as to comply with the official ISEF rules. The Spring deadline serves more to allow time for district fairs to compete and select their winners.
Information on how to access your Scienteer account was reviewed in our Fall training and webinar. A summary of this information can be found by clicking here. If you missed out on this information but would still like to participate, contact Josh King (see contact info below).
I want to compete, but my school doesn't participate in Science Fair
Home-school students and students whose school does not hold a science fair may still be eligible to compete in GEARSEF, though the student will need to find the necessary sponsors to approve his or her paperwork. If this is your case and you would still like to participate, contact Josh King (see contact info below) for details.
I still have questions, who should I contact?
GEARSEF Fair Coordinator
Last Updated: 03/10/2017