Our Mission

The State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida is a three-day display of science project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineers in grades six through twelve. More than 900 Finalists display projects illustrating their research in competition of awards.

The main objective of the SSEF are to: 

  1. Recognize scientific talent in young people;
  2. Introduce students to organized research;
  3. Provide teachers a forum for the exchange of ideas;
  4. Focus attention on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

thus stimulating student, teacher, and public interest.

During the event, students have the opportunity to share their ideas with one another, increase personal development in scientific and technological areas, gain self-confidence in problem-solving skills, and participate in educational field trips and tours of local areas of interest.

About FFFS

The Florida Foundation for Future Scientists, Inc. (FFFS) is a statewide, non-profit organization authorized by the 1957 Legislature of the State of Florida to discover scientific and technical talent in the schools of Florida and to encourage the pursuit of careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). In meeting its obligations, the FFFS promotes and administers the following:

  • State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida
  • The establishment of guidelines, rules, and procedures for local, regional and statewide competitions
  • The awarding of scholarships and prizes
  • The coordination of industrial, professional, and educational activities related to careers in science and engineering
  • STEM leadership youth programs


A primary mission of the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists (FFFS) is to foster and encourage Florida’s talented young people to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) research. It is an accepted belief that recognition and reward provide a significant impetus to youthful researchers in academic pursuits. The annual State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida is an appropriate vehicle through which to accomplish this mission.