The National Society of Black Engineers presents the NSBE Jr. Explorer Technical Innovations Competition (formerly known as the PCI Science Fair). This program is tailored to allow pre-college students the opportunity to explore the many applications of science, utilizing projects, competitions and science fairs. 

The NSBE Jr. Explorer Technical Innovations Competition (TIC) will occur at the Annual Convention.


  • Students in grades 6–12 are eligible for the NSBE Jr. Explorer Technical Innovations Competition. Participants must be paid NSBE Jr. members:

    The fair will be divided into two classifications:

    • Middle School (Junior): 6th–8th grade students
    • High School (Senior): 9th–12th grade students
  • In terms of awards, team projects will be judged separately from individual projects. 


  1. A chapter may have as many participants as desired.
  2. Each student is only allowed to enter one project. The project may include no more than 12 months of continuous research. 

Application Procedure

NSBE Jr. Explorer TIC registration is completed via an online application through Jotform.

The applications can be found here: (Middle School | High School). Each team interested in participating for the 2020–2021 program year must submit an application for the program and meet all of the team requirements. Completing all of the information in the application is vital. 

Critical 2020 - 2021 Dates

For quick reference, the following target dates are listed to ensure your participation in NSBE Jr. Explorer TIC. For further information on the upcoming NSBE conferences, please visit



NSBE Jr. Explorer TIC Application

Final submission deadline is Sunday, Oct.11, 2020. Participation confirmation will be sent out by Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.

NSBE Jr. Explorer TIC Abstract Due

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021

NSBE Jr. Explorer TIC Research Paper Due

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021

National Competition

Held at NSBE’s Annual Convention April 5–9, 2021.

For more information on the NSBE Jr. Explorer TIC program, please download the program information.

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