The 2021 Southern Tier Scholastic Science Share

January 20, 2021

Hello STEM Enthusiasts,

For 2021, the Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair is embracing a NEW and virtual format with opportunities for students to connect with STEM. We must move forward, adapt, and problem solve in our changing and complex world and continue to encourage our students to ask questions, define problems, and develop solutions to issues that matter to them and the world.

The local Chapter of Sigma Xi and SUNY Broome are happy to present the 2021 Virtual Southern Tier Scholastic Science SHARE to fuel the curiosity of our region’s students in grades 5 through 12. This event is not a competition. Participation is free. The submission deadline is Sunday May 2, 2021.

Do you have a BIG IDEA? Do you have a CREATIVE SOLUTION?

Stay tuned students, teachers, and parents… Additional information, updated guidelines, and how to submit your virtual ideas and solutions will be posted soon.

Science Fair Cancellation

March 11, 2020

Due to the developing coronavirus situation, we will be cancelling the Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair this year.

We deeply regret that we will not have the honor to see and hear all about the great new projects students are working on this year. However, safety and health concerns are our top priority. More will follow regarding participation fees already submitted.

Sincerely, The Science Fair Committee

The Climate Conscious Crusade is ON!!

March 6, 2020

As we look the world around us today, we are witnessing changes to our ecosystem… changes that will influence how we live our lives and even where we live. In this year’s science fair morning workshop, SUNY Broome professors will lead students through some key aspects of climate change. Big topics such as the effects of greenhouse gases, oceanic acidification, and even the way we provide power to illuminate our surroundings will be explored.

Student registrations continue to flow in for the fair this year! If you haven’t done so and plan to join us, don’t forget to register.

Also, please be aware that our college and community expert judges set aside a good part of their day to assess student projects and make every effort to assure that metals/prizes are awarded fairly. In coordination with this effort, we require that student participants remain present for the award ceremony in order to receive any such award. As in the past, an afternoon workshop will be provided until prizes are disseminated.

Registration is OPEN!

February 3, 2020

It is time to register for the Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair (STSSF) taking place on Saturday, March 21st!! The student registration form is now available and can be accessed by navigating to the Student Online Registration page. Please be aware that this form will not be submitted until you click on the “Submit” button at the bottom of the online registration form. Also, please note that students must register by Tuesday, March 10th to receive a free STSSF T-shirt! Late registrants will be accepted up until the late registration deadline of Sunday, March 15th at noon.

Judge registration is open as well! Our judge registration form and other information for judges can be found in the Judges section of this site.

The AT Atrium where fair competitors and judges meet to discuss their projects!

2020 Southern Tier Scholastic Fair

November 21, 2019

Attention: All students in grades 5 through 12…


The Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair is coming to SUNY Broome on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The Registration Deadline will be March 15th at noon.

… over $2000 in prizes!

Stay tuned… More information will be posted soon.

For more info contact Phyllis O’Donnell at

2019 Awards & Photos

March 28, 2019

Thank you to our local educators, experts, and engineers!

Fair photos from this past weekend are now available! Click here for a look at the full day of events… judges meeting students with their projects, the Shrinking Plastics! workshops as they unfolded, the BT-BOCES, TechWorks, and Lockheed-Martin afternoon activities, and the final award ceremony. The list of 2019 STSSF medals and awards is also now available.

Last Chance to Register!

March 16, 2019

Just a quick reminder to any students interested in participating in the 2019 STSS Fair on March 23rd… Noon on Sunday March 17th is the final deadline to register. Just go to the Student Online Registration page to register!

We’re ready for all the great projects about to come our way! See you soon!

Don’t Forget to Register!!

March 11, 2019

There’s still time to register for this year’s Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair which will take place Saturday March 23rd at SUNY Broome Community College! Sunday March 17th at noon is the registration deadline, but be sure to register by Tuesday (3/12/19) to get the free T-shirt. Just click Student Online Registration and fill out the form to register.

Last year’s fair participants explore human anatomy using SUNY Broome’s Anatomage table with Health Science instructors.

As always, area scientists are excited to see the projects students will present this year! BU and SUNY Chemists look forward to sharing their polystyrene exploration in the morning workshop. And we’ve got some great activities planned during the pre-award afternoon session!

Thank You Donors/Sponsors

March 8, 2019

As we approach the 2019 Science Fair, we’d like to thank all of our returning donors and sponsors! Also, welcome to our new contributors, The Women’s Institute at SUNY Broome, UHS, and Miller Auto. We are honored by the local support this community has given in the past and continues to provide going forward. It is greatly appreciated!! The fair wouldn’t be quite what it is without the support.

Fair participants… Don’t forget that students must register by Tuesday, March 12th to receive a free STSSF T-shirt! Late registrants will be accepted up until the late registration deadline of Sunday, March 17th at noon. Also, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) of the site if you have outstanding questions, and be aware of our new check-in location in the newly renovated Calice Advanced Manufacturing Center (CC). See below.

Shrinking Plastics: The Amazing Journey of Polystyrene!

March 8, 2019

The word plastic comes from the Greek word meaning “able to be molded”. Plastics are popular materials because they can be molded or shaped in many different ways. In this year’s Science Fair morning workshop, we will discuss the use of plastics in general and experiment with polystyrene in particular. Polystyrene is the household plastic #6, generally used in deli containers. It can be heated, stretched, and cooled to mold it into different shapes. We will conclude by turning a piece of plastic into a piece of art.

This is coordinated by members of the SUNY Broome Chemistry Department and the Chemistry Outreach Program Team of Binghamton University.