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(Raleigh, N.C.) – March 29, 2022 – The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation, sponsor of the annual NC Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF), is proud to announce the winners of the 34th NCSEF competition.

The event was held in a virtual format on March 25-26 with the Awards Ceremonies held on March 27th. 323 STEM student researchers from across the state in grades 3-12, advanced from the 9 regional competitions.

Christopher Luis Carbajal, Sloane Cheney, and Malaya Jones (Topsail Elementary, CF Pope Elementary, Cape Fear Middle) competed with peer researchers.  We are proud to celebrate this major achievement in being named a NC State finalist in Science and Engineering Research.


Project Name


Sloane Cheney

Liquid Buoyancy

SMT Promising Young Researcher Award-Elementary

Malaya Muh-lay-uh Jones J.oh.uh.ns

Dancing Raisins

ELE-Chemistry Elem.-Exemplary Elementary Project

Christopher Luis Carbajal

Are Isopods Attracted to Acidic or Alkaline Smells

Broadcom MASTERS Nomination

STEM business, education, governmental, and nonprofit sector volunteers interviewed the students and selected award winners.

A full listing of the award-winning projects is available on the NCSEF website. Live fair events including many students presenting their work during “2 Minutes with a Mic” is available on the NCSEF You Tube channel and all student projects have been posted on the Symposium platform.

The NC Science Fair Foundation sponsors the NCSEF and its 9 Regional Competitions across North Carolina.  NCSFF is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer driven organization, whose mission is to increase inquiry-based student research in STEM related areas of study in Grades 3-12 by “Inspiring Innovation in Student Research”.  NCSEF is the state affiliate to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). For more information about being a judge, volunteer, or sponsors, contact Theresa Gibson, Executive Director, at or visit the NCSEF website at