OCSEF Research and Engineering Design Academy

A FREE, virtual series of workshops designed to guide students to complete a research or engineering project and enter it into the 2021 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair.

Thank you for applying to the OCSEF Research and Engineering Design Academy.  We are no longer accepting new registrations since we have completed 50% of the program.  Thank you for your interest.   Please have a conversation with your teacher about how you can develop a project for the 2021 OCSEF.
OCSEF Outreach Committee

Each workshop will begin with a general discussion of
the week’s topic followed by small breakout sessions with mentors for further discussion and practice and to answer specific questions. Students will be assigned to breakout groups based on general topic area.

  • Two independent sessions
    • Academy 101: For students with no prior science / engineering fair experience
    • Academy 201: For students who have previously completed science / engineering projectsEach Academy limited to 60 projects.
  • Individual and Group Projects may register
  • All sessions are FREE and conducted on Zoom
  • Eight weekly sessions meet on Saturday from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Your attendance at all sessions is critical!

Orange County Science and Engineering Fair
Research and Design Academy

1September 26, 2020Introduction to Research and Engineering Design
2October 3, 2020Background Research to Formulate a Problem
3October 10, 2020Formulate Question – Hypothesis (for Science)/Solution (for Engineering Design)
4October 17, 2020Develop Research/ Design Plan and Materials List
5October 24, 2020Research: Data Collection; Test and Modify Design
6November 7, 2020Data Analysis; Validity/ Reliability; Types of Data Analysis
7November 14, 2020How to Develop a Quality Presentation
8November 21, 2020Tips on Meeting with Judges

Each workshop will consist of formal introduction to the weekly topic with ample time for individual assistance in breakout sessions.

* Schedule for Academy 101.  Academy 201 schedule follows a similar track but may be adjusted based on student needs.

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