Photo of GKCSEF in Grand Plaza

March 23 - 26, 2022

Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair

Science City at Union Station is proud to continue the tradition with the 71st Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair to help our community grow a science, engineering, math and technology (STEM) literate workforce. The role of a Science & Engineering Fair in STEM education is increasing, as students learn about science and engineering practices by using them in their investigations. The experience of thousands of teachers and students across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that project-based learning is an effective and enjoyable way to learn the competencies required for success in career and civic life.

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Union Station Kansas City is dedicated to science education, a celebration of community and preservation of history. We are proud to host the 71st Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair back IN PERSON and want to thank all the students, teachers, parents, mentors and volunteers who help make it a success!

Students in grades 4-12 from public, private, parochial, charter and home schools in 15 counties in and around the KC metro area are eligible to participate in the GKCSEF. The Fair is filled with exemplary projects developed by talented students, some of whom win a piece of the nearly $7,000 in awards and honors.

Kansas Missouri
Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Douglas, Franklin Jackson, Bates, Cass, Clay, Platte, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Benton


Annually the very best senior-level projects that meet the stringent requirements for entering the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) win the prestigious GRAND AWARD. Grand Award winners and their teachers would normally receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2022 Regeneron International Science & Engineering. Regeneron ISEF: The Next Generation of STEM Leaders: Every year, tens of millions of students participate in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

A message to students: Thank you all for another inspiring Science & Engineering Fair! We know how much time it takes to plan, execute, and present a project for the Fair, and we applaud your dedication to contributing to the success of the 71st Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair. The Fair has showcased thousands of student projects over the past 70 years, and many of those students have continued their studies and gone on to pursue a career in a STEM field. We want to welcome all of you to the Virtual GKCSEF Family.

A message to parents, teachers and mentors: Thank you for motivating your students, for guiding their curiosities, and for promoting critical thinking. Thank you for encouraging your children to ask questions, to push themselves, and to not give up in the face of failure-or an unexpected result…after all, that is part of the beauty of doing science. Your guidance and support is an integral part of the accomplishments of their projects, the success of this Fair, and most importantly the shaping of who the students will become.

Contact Emily Meyer for Sponsorship or Special Award information at [email protected]

Sign up to join our team of volunteer judges!

The 71st Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair, to be held in-person at historic Union Station from Wednesday, March 23rd – Saturday, March 26th, 2022.  The time commitment for judging at the GKCSEF is approximately 4 hours on evening of Wednesday, March 23rd from about 5-9pm. That evening we will host our Judges Meeting and Dinner from 5-6pm, with judging and student interviews happening that night. More details will go out after the first of the year!


2022 Schedule

Friday, February 11th, 2022



If your project requires PRIOR APPROVAL, please submit forms BEFORE your RESEARCH START DATE! Unsure about prior approvals needed?

Email the GKCSEF Scientific Review Committee at [email protected]

Friday, February 18th, 2022


Any application received after February 18th, 2022 will not be accepted.

The $7.00 entry fee must accompany registration for the application to be complete.
Any questions please email [email protected]

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022

8:00 am – 3:00 pm PROJECT SET UP
Students may set up exhibits at Union Station in Grand Hall and Grand Plaza.
All projects must be set up by 3:00 pm.
4:00 – 10:00 pm ACADEMIC JUDGING
The Fair is closed to the public.
7:00 – 8:30 pm STUDENT INTERVIEWSStudents should be at their projects to interview with academic judges.JUNIOR LEVEL INTERVIEWS (optional)SENIOR LEVEL INTERVIEWS (required)

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

7:00am –12:00pm SPECIAL AWARD JUDGINGThe Fair is closed to the public.
12:00 – 5:00pm* PUBLIC VIEWING and SCHOOL FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCESThe Fair is free and open to the public. Science Fair booth closes at 5 pm, Fair is still open for public viewing!*Subject to change

Friday, March 25th, 2022

The Fair is free and open to the public.
4:00 – 7:00 pm REMOVAL OF PROJECTS
All projects must be removed by 7:00 pm. Projects not picked up will be discarded!

Saturday, March 26th, 2022

10:00 am – 12:00 pm THE CHARLES N. KIMBALL AWARDS CEREMONYGrand Plaza – Union Station. Awards valued at $7,000+Students receiving top academic or special awards will be invited to attend. Parents, teachers, relatives and friends are invited to attend as well.


T-Shirt Design Contest

Calling all KC area students!

Enter your design in the Greater Kansas City Science & Engineering Fair T-Shirt Design Contest!  The winning design receives an Amazon Gift Card and is featured on the front of the fair t-shirt. The deadline for entries is 5 pm on January 14th, 2022. 

Please note:

  • The contest is open to all K-12 Kansas City area students Simple designs are strongly encouraged
  • Designs for the front of the Fair Shirt will be printed in a two-color format
  • Designs should be no larger than 8.5” x 11” and, if possible, submitted as high res PDF, 
  • Adobe Illustrator (in outlines), PSD or EPS file formats (hand-drawn designs are also accepted)
  • Students who submit a design do NOT have to be a participant in the Science Fair
  • Designs are subject to review and may be modified in collaboration with the winning artist to fit the t-shirt printing guideline

Submit Your Design Here

GKCSEF - T-Shirt

GKCSEF Charles N. Kimball Awards Ceremony

Sponsored By Burns & McDonnell

The Howard Gadberry Teacher Award goes to a teacher that reflects his commitment to research and contributing to the community through science with his long-term involvement at Midwest Research Institute. The 2020 Howard Gadberry Teacher award went to Marsha Skoczek of Olathe North High School Geosciences Academy.

Special Awards
Both national and local STEM organizations with a devoted interest in science education provide special awards for projects entered into the Fair. Each organization selects its own award criteria and provides judges to select the winning projects.
We would like to thank all of these organizations for their support and participation in the Fair.

Photo From GKCSEF Award Ceremony

Gadberry Educator Award

The Howard Gadberry Award is designed to recognize teachers in grades 4-12 who show outstanding effort toward the motivation of students in scientific exploration.  The award of $1000 and a certificate is given annually by Science City at the annual Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony.

The Howard Gadberry Educator Award recognizes Mr. Gadberry’s outstanding commitment to research professionalism, and his contributions to the community through his long-term involvement with Midwest Research Institute as their Senior Advisor for Technology. Educators may nominate themselves or other educators. You may nominate more than one educator.

Teaching at least one class period in grades 4-12 science Annually engages students in scientific research Prepares students to successfully compete in the Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair Is a leader in science education and provides service to the profession.

Nominate a Teacher Here

Past Fair Seasons

Photo Gallery

Photo from 2019 GKCSEF Award Ceremony

GKCSEF Awards Ceremony 2019

Photo from 2018 GKCSEF Award Ceremony

GKCSEF Awards Ceremony 2018

GKCSEF Awards Ceremony 2019

GKCSEF Awards Ceremony 2018