Scienteer is an online science fair management software system that works like tax software, designed to guide students, teachers and science fair directors through a step by step process, auto-filling forms and documentation.
To bring sustainability to academic science based competitions, encourage community participation in STEM, and support student based research.
Our hopes are that it will be adopted by the international community as the new standard for documenting research and managing the INTEL ISEF competitions globally. Eventually we want a single global community based on academic achievement with actual useful apps and tools that will help promote and sustain student based research. By making it easier for students to become involved in the science fair, we hope to help students prepare for a future in the STEM fields.
Student based research was dying because of the over-complicated, outdated and bureaucratic method of documentation. (Just like income taxes, too many rules and forms to keep track of). Having to sign and date things multiple times in the right places, checkboxes, blanks on forms with not enough space to provide the required information, etc. Getting outside signatures, complicated review processes... the list goes on. At the international fair in 2014, out of about 1300 finalists from around the world, almost 1200 failed the first round of review because of paperwork mistakes. Teachers were burned out, students were burned out.
The massive amount of paper is a huge burden and cost upon regions and schools. To give you an idea:
We design the tools from user's feedback, while focusing on what value can Scienteer bring to our students today that will impact our communities and the world of tomorrow. Such as: