About The Connecticut STEM Foundation, Inc. (Press Release)
The Connecticut STEM Foundation, Inc. is an all-volunteer non-profit organization. Our mission is to
foster interest among pre-college Connecticut students in science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM). Our objective is to instill in them understanding and appreciation of the way science is studied
and conducted and the scientific way of thinking to help them become scientists, citizen scientists, and
enlightened citizens prepared to navigate through a world in which STEM is ever more important to our
We advocate for STEM; and we seek to inspire and educate students, academics, parents and other
members of our communities. The Connecticut STEM Fair is our flagship event. In addition to
sponsoring the Connecticut STEM Fair each year, the CT STEM Foundation has supported advanced
teacher training has held some extraordinary events for students to see the practical application of
science via field trips and lectures, and has a scholarship program for high school seniors participating in
the annual fair.
This year we are initiating both a state-wide essay competition and a state-wide laboratory equipment donation program. We are also initiating scholarship programs for summer study both for high school students and for middle school students.
About the Connecticut STEM Fair
The Connecticut STEM Fair was started in 2001 and has grown rapidly over the last 16 years. The 2017
fair was held at Darien High School and showcased the original research of 250 students and the participation of a similar number of judges, science, and technology professionals drawn from our communities. A key element of the fair is comprehensive interactive judging of all entrants. In 2017 for the first time we were able to send three of our top students to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the Olympics of science fairs. We will continue our affiliation with ISEF in the coming years.
The fair promotes critical thinking skills and motivates students to pursue science and engineering after
high school. Students receive awards in four scientific categories: health, physical, environmental, and
behavioral. Within each category, awards are given for both completed projects and research proposals.