Awards | BSCTC


Projects will be awarded per grade during the Awards Ceremony after all judges’ scores have been tallied. 

Projects will be awarded in each grade level as follows*: 

  • 1st place: $300 + plaque
  • 2nd place: $150 + plaque
  • 3rd place: $50 + plaque

*as per donations that fund our fair 

All students receive a participation medallion.

Placing students in 5th-12th grades advance to the KY Science & Engineering Fair. 

*Students in 4th grade who place at their regional fair do not advance to the state-level fair as there are no categories for 4th grade projects to compete above the regional level. 

ISEF Winner

Awarded to one top-placing project in 9th-12th grade. Every year, tens of millions of students participate in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). ISEF locations vary by year. See here for a list of top prizes at ISEF.   

Broadcom MASTERS

A national science competition for U.S. middle school students. Top projects in 6th- 8th grade are awarded an invitation at their Regional Science & Engineering Fair to apply for the national Broadcom MASTERS competition. 

Students apply through an online application process that consists of project information and other essays. From there, 300 semifinalists are selected and announced. From the 300 semifinalists, 30 finalists are selected. Finalists week typically takes place in Washington DC in the fall. Judging occurs over three days and consists of project judging as well as a variety of STEM challenges performed by six teams of five students each. 

Special Awards

Special awards are awarded to projects that stand out in their given category, i.e. mathematics, engineering, psychology etc. Special Awards may be awarded to a placing project or a project that has been found deserving of Honorable Mention. Special Awards may include one of the following: a certificate, medallion, monetary award or scholarship. 

Lemelson Early Inventor Prize

The Lemelson Early Inventor Prize is to be awarded to one middle school project (6th, 7th or 8th grade) that meets the invention award criteria:

  • Demonstrates problem-solving by identifying a critical problem.​
  • Applies empathy and STEM knowledge to find a practical solution.​
  • Displays entrepreneurial thinking by developing a tangible invention.​
  • Develops an invention to solve a critical societal problem and improve the lives of others.​
  • Ideally, exemplifies environmentally-responsible thinking in their research and creation of the product.