Frequently Asked Questions
Since 1960, SEFH has coordinated the regional science and engineering fair competition for public and private junior/middle and senior high schools in Houston and the surrounding 22-county area. The counties included in this service region are Austin, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Wharton, and Grimes (with the exception of Navasoto ISD).
Who Supports SEFH?
SEFH is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is supervised by a board of directors and sponsored by the University of Houston, Chevron, Consumer Energy Alliance, the Engineering, Science and Technology Council of Houston (ECH), and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Businesses, foundations, industrial and technical organizations, and professional societies annually donate about 85% of the Fair's operating funds. From these many groups come the more than 1,200 volunteers responsible for the major fair committees and activities associated with SEFH. The Fair is a volunteer organization with no full-time employees. SEFH is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and as a result, follows all rules and requirements specified by them for its regional science and engineering fair competition.
What Does SEFH Provide?
The Science Engineering Fair of Houston provides a unique educational experience to participating students through 3 different venues which encompass the science writing contest, poster contest, and the science project competion. We emphasize the learning of mathematics, science and engineering through doing. Through the development and presentation of science/engineering projects, students enhance their abilities to: (1) Make observations (2) Ask questions regarding particular phenomena or situations (3) Formulate ideas regarding the solution to a problem (4) Develop and carefully follow procedures related to finding an answer or solution to a problem (5) Effectively present their works to society. Because of this, SEFH receives widespread support from many scientists and engineers, the organizations they work for, professional societies, and foundations who support meaningful educational activities. At SEFH, we stress "understanding not memorization.”