The Alaska COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) Ocean Science Fair takes place within the Alaska Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF). You can enter two separate science fairs at the same time!
You are eligible to enter the COSEE Ocean Science Fair if your project is related to oceans, river drainages, or climate change, and it also has a cultural component. For example, it could be about ocean organisms, coastal communities, weather, tides, human activities related to oceans, animal behavior related to oceans, erosion along coastlines, water pollution and its effects on oceans, population related to oceans ... the list goes on and on! Your project should include a component of its cultural significance. Be prepared to talk about your science and also about how your subject affects people's way of life.
Ocean Sciences Judging
Ocean Science Fair projects are judged on both their scientific content and their community and cultural relevance. Judges include scientists and community cultural leaders and Alaska Native elders.
How to Participate
Register as usual for ASEF. Ocean sciences projects that are entered in the ASEF are automatically entered in the COSEE Ocean Science Fair.
Please check the "Ocean Sciences Project" box on your ASEF registration form. The COSEE judges will then know to visit your project during the Fair.
You do not need to participate in a local community COSEE Ocean Sciences Fair in order to enter your project in the combined COSEE/ASEF Fair; however, projects that have been entered locally are certainly welcome to enter COSEE/ASEF, too.
Middle School and High School Students: Please remember to do your Intel forms! Your Middle School or Senior High project might be a "big winner" in both the COSEE and the ASEF portions of the Fair. If your Intel forms are in order, you will be eligible for the Intel Main Category awards, and Senior High finalists will be eligible to travel to the International Science and Engineering Fair. The forms are available here and on the page for your age category: Senior High, Middle School.