Creativity is an essential component of the science and engineering fair--even a simple project idea can offer a rewarding growth experience to the imaginative student. 

Where to begin?
While some students might have a very specific project idea in mind from the start, picking a research topic can seem intimidating for other students. This is an important stage in the process to build engagement and help students find their voice in this project. 

Engaging in brainstorming, idea sharing, and discussion with other students and community members can help individuals identify topics and questions that inspire, excite, and fascinate them. We recommend exploring the activities below to jump-start the research topic selection process, as this approach will foster a personal ownership over the project.