General Information

What’s New for 2022:

  • The 2022 Science & Engineering Fair of Houston will be in person at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
  • Students will need a physical display board.
  • The registration fee and the number of projects each school/district is allowed to advance have been set back to the 2020 numbers due to the limited space in the exhibit hall.
  • All Schools and students should begin their registration no later than December 1, 2021.
  • All Schools/Districts advancing projects to SEFH must finalize their online registration and have students confirm their categories and submit their projects to the SRC through Scieenteer on or before January 28, 2022.
  • The Judge Criteria Sheet has been modified to match the one used by ISEF.
  • The categories for 2022 have been updated to reflect a better alignment to TXSEF and ISEF Categories.
    Changes to SEFH categories may be found using the following link: #Project-Categories

ISEF Rules Changes/Reminders for 2022:

  • NEW: A Risk Assessment Form 3 is required for all projects that involve human participant testing of any project involving student- designed inventions, prototypes or consumer products. In addition, IRB review and pre-approval is required if the project involves more than the student researcher or any introduction of a human variable or factor in the testing of a consumer product/invention/prototype/application (e.g., amount of sleep, strength or endurance of the tester, etc.).
  • NEW: Human capillary/blood collection (i.e. finger stick) of the student researcher to themself is exempt. However, blood collection from any other human participants must be reviewed and approved by an IRB.
  • Projects involving culturing of microorganisms still must be done in a lab, and will now require Qualified Scientist Form 2 (Scienteer will add this form automatically).
  • Projects involving genome editing that include alteration of germline cells, insertion of gene drives, use of rapid trait development systems (RTDS) etc., must be considered BSL-2 and conducted in a Regulated Research Institution and approved by the institutions IBC.
  • Human Participant Studies done in a regulated research institution such as a university, must have IRB pre-approval from that institution.
  • Projects involving the testing of student-created Medical Devices on humans MUST be done in a regulated research institution.

Individual and team projects:

  • Students may conduct a science project individually or in teams (max 3 students/team.) Students participating on a team must compete at their appropriate division, either senior (9-12) or junior (6-8).
  • Team members must all compete within the same division and shall not be separated to compete in different divisions.
  • Students from different school districts may not join to form teams.


Dates and Schedule for 2022:

SEFH 2022 Schedule:


  • SEFH Seminar – September 11, 2021
  • Registration in Scienteer – Open for Registration


  • Project Finailzation and Advancment to SEFH – January 28, 2022, 5:00 PM
  • SEFH SRC Review Begins – January 29, 2022


  • SRC Finalization, all projects must be cleared to compete at SEFH no later than February 7, 2022 by 5:00 PM.
  • Project Check-in, all projects must check-in at the GRB between 2:00PM – 7:00 PM, February 25, 2022
  • Judging Begins – February 26, 2022

Project Deadlines:

  • All registration are to be completed online through Scineteer.
  • Follow the online steps (Fair Administrator role), select your winners and finalize before the deadline of January 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Make sure all winners are selected before finalizing.
  • School finalization can not be undone.
  • All students advancing to SEFH MUST BE finalized by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022.

Late entries will not be accepted at Student Check-In.

January 28 2022, 5:00 PM

January 28 2022, 5:00 PM

January 28 2022, 5:00 PM

Directions and Parking for 2022:


George R. Brown Convention Center,
Hall E,
1001 Avenida De Las Americas,
Houston, TX 77010

COVID-19 Policies and Recommendations: 

SEFH 2022 is currently planned as an in person event scheduled for Saturday February 26, 2022.

Following guidance from the CDC regarding K12 learning and local health official recommendations for large events in Harris County, SEFH has adopted the following policies and recommendations for all participants:

  1. SEFH recommends all participants who are eligible and able to be safely vaccinated do so. Information about COVID-19 vaccination in Texas is available at:
  2. SEFH will require all participants to wear a face mask while inside the fair venue (George R. Brown Convention Center – Hall E).
  3. SEFH has modified the venue floorplan to increase the space between projects from four to six feet, and will ask students and judges to maintain a distance of at lease three feet during interviews.
  4. SEFH leadership will continue to monitor local health conditions and will make additional modifications to fair plan as required. We will keep all participants informed of COVID-19 policies and recommendations.

For additional information about these policies, please contact

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