Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair Returns to North Fork

The 42nd annual fair takes place March 4, 2023

For middle and high school students, it's never too early to start learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair (VPRSF) offers a chance for students in grades 6-12 from the Virginia Piedmont region to use STEM projects as a fun way to showcase their curiosity and innovations.

The fair will occur in person at North Fork, the University of Virginia's discovery park in northern Albemarle County, on Saturday, March 4, 2023. The competition will feature projects from students representing the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, King George, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Fauquier, and Stafford counties.

The community is invited to visit the science fair and view projects on display between 2:30-5:00 p.m. in Town Center Three, followed by an award presentation at 5:15 p.m. in the North Fork Meeting Center.

"We are pleased to host this year's Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair at North Fork and help encourage the next generation of innovators," said Melur “Ram” Ramasubramanian, the vice president of research at UVA. "The fair is an excellent opportunity for middle and high school students to explore and learn about opportunities as future scientists, teachers, and engineers.”

"The fair is an excellent opportunity for middle and high school students to explore and learn about opportunities as future scientists, teachers, and engineers."

Melur (Ram) K. Ramasubramanian
University of Virginia Vice President for Research

The VPRSF is a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization affiliated with the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. Much more than a competition, the fair aims to be an educational and motivating experience for students who have already begun to show serious interest in science and engineering.

Two Senior Division "Grand Award Winners" will win expense-paid trips to the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair in Dallas, TX, this May, where students compete for over $3 million in awards and scholarships. Organizers expect approximately 200 students representing more than thirty different schools from over a dozen school divisions to compete. Each division will award additional prizes, with over 100 special awards presented by more than 30 sponsoring organizations.

"These middle and high school kids work for hours studying and preparing for this day, and we are so proud of their achievements," says VPRSF director Adrian Felts. "The Fair is fortunate to have such a dedicated partner in North Fork for once again donating time, space, and resources to the execution of this important annual STEM event. Their participation and generosity allow us to waive all fees for the students and provide for funding $100 grants to the teachers of all students who place first in their category."

“These events and learning experiences are critical discovery and growth opportunities for our future workforce,” says Danny Abramson, chair of the UVA Foundation board of directors. “We are delighted to partner with groups like VPRSF at North Fork.”

Registration for students, teachers, and judges interested in participating in the fair opened on January 1, 2023. Participants may find full details at