History

History

The regional Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky has a long proud history of promoting and highlighting scientific achievement in Kentucky’s youth. Since 1995, as an affiliated fair, the northern region of Kentucky has been sending talented young researchers to the International Science and Engineering Fair, ISEF. Since 2002 the regional fairs have also been able to send excited fair winners to the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair, KY-SEF. SEFNK has had several names and incarnations over the years. In the early days the region was nearly twice the current size and the fair appropriately named the North and Central Kentucky Exposition of Science. In 2001 STEM interest and growth required a split of the region. Out of that split came 2 fairs, NACKES and CKRSEF. The NACKES acronym remained with the northern portion of the region and was updated to reflect the split and thus became the North Area Counties of Kentucky Exposition of Science.

In 2011, the organization board decided that some redefinition of the organization and fair was in order. As a new national concentration and initiative to improve STEM education in the US began, a branding update was undertaken to highlight the organization’s ties and alignment with ISEF and KY-SEF. A more logical name of Science and Engineering Fair of Northern Kentucky was selected and SEFNK was born. Under this new brand we now set our sights forward to growth and improvement. Our goals are to help create a county fair system to feed into our regional fair. With the increased competition of STEM research we strive to make SEFNK a preeminent showcase of STEM education and talent for the Cincinnati, tri-state area and the Common Wealth of Kentucky.