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Welcome to the Website dedicated to the Chicago Public Schools Exhibition of Student Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) Research.

2020 CPS STEM Exhibition CANCELLED

March 12, 2020

Dear STEM Exhibition CPS Students, Parents, Teacher Sponsors, Judges, and Volunteers,

This is to inform you that the 70th Annual Citywide CPS STEM Exhibition scheduled for the week of March 16- 22, 2020 at Illinois Tech has been cancelled. On March 11, 2020 Illinois Tech informed us that they are following the recommendations from the Chicago Department of Public Health to not hold events over 100 people due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

We thank everyone for their support of STEM Exhibition. We look forward in planning for our 71st STEM Exhibition in 2021.


Ms. Kelli McDonald, Board President
CPS Student Science Fair Inc,    

Elizabeth Copper. Executive Director
CPS Student Science Fair, Inc.

Ms. Carrie Kaestner, Chairperson
Exhibition of Student STEM Research

The 2020 theme is
2020 is the 70th year of the Chicago Exhibition of Student STEM Research.  The 2020 Exhibition will take place in Herman Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Building HH on this campus map.) from March 16-22, 2020

This Web site is designed to assist the student in the development of a research project, an essay, or a symposium paper in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). The information on this website will be taken from the 2020 STEM Exhibition handbook (available here). This information should be read carefully and thoroughly by the student and the teacher. Planning and selection of a STEM research project, the method of developing a scientific paper, and the adherence to safety requirements are explained in depth in this handbook.


If significant progress has been made on a STEM investigation, the participant may exhibit his/her project at the local school STEM Exposition. If successful, the participant may move on to a Chicago Public Schools Regional STEM Exposition. From this level, the project may be chosen for exhibit at the Citywide Chicago Public Schools STEM Exposition

A student researcher at the high school level may also submit a STEM based research paper for evaluation and possible presentation in the Symposium. To participate in the Symposium, a student is not required to have an exhibit to display at the exposition, but he/she must conduct primary STEM  research as a basis for the paper.

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CPS policy now mandates that ALL prospective judges be approved Level II Volunteers.
More information is available here.
NOTE: If you were approved for the 2019 ​Regional STEM Exhibitions  or the 2019 STEM Exhibition at Illinois Tech  you DO NOT need to be re-approved.

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