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OBX Science Fair

Elementary, Middle and High School
OBX Science Fair History

2020 – 2021

Unfortunately due to COVID -19 and the inability to host students on CSI’s campus we are not able to host a Science Fair this year.  We plan to host one again next year in 2021-2022.  We do have other events that we are hosting virtual or in a hybrid situation.  Click here for more information about the NC Renewable Energy Challenge.

2019 – 2020 

The 2020 OBX Science Fair was hosted at Coastal Studies Institute on January 14, 2020 in partnership with Jennette’s Pier.  The science fair was open to Dare, Currituck, Hyde, Tyrell, Pasquotank and Perquimans Counties.  There were elementary, middle and high school divisions.  The competition included team and individual projects in engineering, math, biology, physics and environmental science topics.  Prizes were available for the winners of the divisions, and they earned the opportunity for those students to move on to the regional science fair that is hosted at ECU.

2018 – 2019

The 2018 – 2019 fair took place on December 13, 2018, and was hosted by Dare County Youth Council and the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI).  Students from elementary, middle, high schools and homeschools across Dare County were encouraged to compete for a chance to win cash prizes, a tablet, and qualification for the upcoming Regional Science Fair competition hosted at ECU.  Prizes were provided through donations from Dare County Youth Council, the NC Farm Bureau, and CSI. Science Fair projects were judged on the proper use of the scientific method, background research, presentation and ability of participants to answer questions on their research.

Science fair rules

Divisions:

  • Elementary (3-5)
  • Junior (6-8)
  • Senior (9-12)

Categories:

  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Environmental Science,
  • Physics and Mathematics
  • Technology
  • Engineering

Requirements:

  • Bring experiment to fair for presentation
  • Journal that contains your work. It can be drawings or background information on your project.
  • Research Paper – Abstract at a minimum
  • Project display board. Should include your title/name/question/results(summary)/how you solved question/materials you used/answer/what you learned/graphics(pictures or charts).

Research Paper

  • Title
  • Abstract (250 words max summarizing the experiment)
  • Statement of the Problem
  • Experimental Methods
  • Results (may include graphs and tables)
  • Conclusions
  • Bibliography – five (5) major references

Steps for Participating in the Dare County Science Fair

For questions contact Daresciencefair@gmail.com

  1. Forming a Question “Planning and Conducting the Investigation. If you need assistance in selecting a topic for your question visit“Topic Selection Wizard” is an online service to help generate science project topics. “Selecting a Science Project” is another helpful link with what to consider during your selection.
  2. Read about your Topic Gain background information about your topic. This will aid you during the judging portion of the Science Fair.
  3. Begin your Science Journal Your journal includes all research done on your topic. This will be part of your presentation of research. It will also help you answer questions judges may ask.
  4. Develop Decide how you plan to solve your problem using the knowledge you have acquired.
  5. Get your plan approved by your adult sponsor and your parents/guardians.
  6. Complete the Google Form located on at the bottom of this page.
  7. Start/Finish your Experiment The Science Fair begins on December 13, 2018 at  5:00 pm, at the Coastal Studies Institute at 850 Highway 345, Wanchese, NC 27981. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to set up their projects.

Helpful Links

Led by East Carolina University (ECU), The Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University.

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ECU’s Integrated Coastal Programs (ECU ICP) is a leader in coastal and marine research, education, and engagement.   ECU ICP includes the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU’s Department of Coastal Studies, and ECU Diving and Water Safety.

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The ECU Outer Banks campus is home to the Coastal Studies Institute.
Located on Roanoke Island along the banks of the second largest estuary
in the United States, this coastal campus spans 213 acres of marshes, scrub wetlands, forested wetlands, and estuarine ecosystems.

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The faculty and staff at the Coastal Studies Institute come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, as well as departments and organizations including ECU Department of Biology, ECU Department of Coastal Studies, NC Sea Grant, the North Carolina Renewable Energy Program, and the UNC Institute for the Environment.

MEET THE TEAM

The CSI Board of Directors consists of professionals with strong backgrounds in coastal issues including research, development, outreach, education, and policies that affect coastal communities. The Board promotes the UNC System’s mission in helping it serve the people of North Carolina at a high level of excellence in every area of endeavor at the Coastal Studies Institute. The Board meets twice a year to discuss the projects and progress of CSI.

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Contact Us

Contact Info

The Coastal Studies Institute
850 NC 345
Wanchese, NC 27981

252-475-5400

info@coastalstudiesinstitute.com

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