Important Dates & Times

Monday August 20, 2018 at 12:01 AM
Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Saturday February 23, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 9:00 PM
Saturday February 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Saturday February 23, 2019 at 3:00 PM

The PPRSF is an ISEF affiliated science fair.  All projects must meet the requirements set up by The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The complete guidebook of 2019 rules and guidelines can be found at: 


Student registraion for the 2019 PPRSF will now open.  

The PPRSF is open to all 6th - 12th grade students in any educational setting (public, charter, private or home school) in Elbert, El Paso, Park or Teller County.  

Students are required to have projects approved by the PPRSF SRC or a school SRC before experimentation begins.  Please check with us at  if you have questions.




The Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair, Incorporated (PPRSF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to stimulat­ing and encouraging youthful interest in science and sci­entific endeavors through student participation in regional, state, and international science fairs. The Pikes Peak Re­gional Science Fair serves students in grades 6 through 12 in all school districts (including private schools, parochial schools, and home schools) in Elbert, Teller, Park, and El Paso Counties.  There is no requirement for students to participate in a school or area fair to enter the PPRSF.


2019 marks the 62nd annual Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair.  Additional facts about the PPRSF may be found ou the 2018 PPRSF Fact Sheet.  PIKES PEAK FACT SHEET FOR 2018 FAIR.pdf

The 2019 Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at UCCS.

The Awards Presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 26th, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, at Colorado College.

          UCCS and area map - PPRSF 2018.pdf                 


For students in grades 4 and 5, the Pikes Peak Regional Elementary Science and Engineering Fair is held in April, usually at Mitchell High School. The fair is for students in grades 4 and 5 who place at their school science fairs in the categories of Biology, Physical, Health and Behavioral, Consumer Science or Engineering Design.  Interested participants can contact Darian Founds at for more information or visit the website: 

Public Display

Only PPRSF Board members, judges and registered volunteers are allowed in the exhibition rooms once judging has started. 

The public, mentors and media was invited to view projects from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the University Center of UCCS on the day of the fair, Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The Awards Presentation will held on Tuesday, February 26th, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, at Colorado College.  The public is welcome to attend the Awards Presentation.

What to Expect the Day of the Fair

Students should dress nicely, but comfortably, as the day can be long.  Lunch is provided, but water bottles and snacks are encouraged.  Students will not be judged continuously, so reading material is allowed, but no games or videos that have sound.

This was the schedule for 2018.  Slight adjustments may be made for 2019.

8:00 - 8:45 AM -  Student Check-In - Atrium on the 2nd floor of the University Center

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Student display set-up and safety checks 

9:00 - 11:30 AM - Morning judging rounds *Only participants, judges and PPRSF Staff are allowed in the exhibit hall during judging rounds*

11:40 - 12:30 -  Lunch will be provided for student participants.  The lunch will be pizza and pop. 

12:45 - 3:00 PM - Afternoon judging rounds  *Only participants, judges and PPRSF Staff are allowed in the exhibit hall during judging rounds*

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Public Exhibition in Berger Hall 

4:30 PM - All projects should be removed from UCCS


For Parents and Teachers   (2018 Information)

UCCS has planned a short presentation for parents on ideas about planning for and financing college.  This will be held in Room 303 in the UC from 9:30 – 10:15.  There will be time for questions.  Following this session, a campus tour will be available, starting around 11:00 AM. 

Food Options  (2018 Information)

The Sanatorium Grounds Coffee Shop, located at the south end of the Atrium, will be open from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Clyde’s Restaurant, located on the lower floor of the UC, will be open from 1:00 – 9:00 pm.  The UCCS Bookstore, also on the lower floor of the UC, will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  Discount coupons for the Bookstore will be available at the Information Desk.  Vending machines are available in the Bookstore and on the lower floor of the UC.

The 2019 PPRSF Awards Presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 26th, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, at a location to be determined.

A map of UCCS and the surrounding area can be found here: UCCS and area map - PPRSF 2018.pdf

A map with the location of the Cornerstone Arts Center can be found here: Cornerstone Arts Center.pdf



The PPRSF divides students by grade or division (Junior (gr 6-8), Senior (gr 9-12)) and by category. We reserve the right to combine similar categories before competition to create competitive groupings (i.e. - life science, physical science, engineering & math, etc.). Contact the PPRSF SRC with questions. (Category descriptions from CSEF Finalist Handbook)
Animal Sciences
Studies related to all aspects of non-human animals (including insects), animals life, animals life-cycles, animal health & medicine, animal behavior, and animal interactions with one another or their environment. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Biochemistry & Chemistry
Studies related to the chemical basis of processes occurring in living organisms, including the processes by which these substances enter into, or are formed in the organisms and react with each other and the environment. Studies related to the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Earth & Space Sciences
Studies related to Earth systems and their evolution. Studies related to anything in the universe beyond Earth. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Energy & Transportation
Studies related to biological & chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transport and alternative fuels. Studies related to renewable energy structures and processes including energy production & efficiency. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Studies related to: a) electrical systems in which information is conveyed via signals & wave forms to enhance communications, b) control and/or sensing; c) science & engineering that involves movement & structure; d) the characteristics & uses of materials with improvements to their design; e) the use of machine intelligence to reduce the reliance on human intervention. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Environmental Sciences
Studies related to the environment & its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and lifespan. Studies related to the engineering or development of processes & infrastructure to solve environmental problems. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Math & Computer Sciences
Studies related to the measurement, properties & relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. Studies related to the discipline & techniques of computer science & mathematics as they relate to biological systems. Studies related to the development of software, information processes or methodologies to demonstrate, analyze or control a process/solution. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Medicine & Health
Studies related to the issues of human health & disease. Studies related to the improvement of human health and longevity by translating novel discoveries in the biomedical sciences into effective activities & tools for clinical & public health use. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Microbiology & Molecular Biology
Studies related to micro-organisms. Studies related to the structure, function, and intracellular pathways & formation of cells. Studies involving understanding life & cellular processes at the molecular level. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Studies related to the science of matter and energy and the interactions of the two. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Plant Sciences
Studies related to plants and how they live, including structure, physiology, development and classification. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Studies related to the thought processes and behavior of humans & their interactions with the environment as studied through observational and experimental methods. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.


       Judging Criteria


The form the the category judges will use for the 2018 PPRSF can be found here: Judges Form 2018.pdf

The PPRSF Board regularly combines initial registration categories to create competiive groups.  

Contact the PPRSF Board at with questions.






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