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What is the Bergen Science Challenge?

The Bergen Science Challenge is a Broadcom Masters affiliated science fair hosted at the Bergen County Academies (BCA). For nearly a decade, BCA is hosting this science fair, and participation will be limited to the first 100 applicants with complete registration materials. This fair is open to middle school students in grades 6 to 8 from Bergen County, NJ or surrounding areas. Students from any location are eligible to participate as long as they have not participated in any other Broadcom affiliated event.  Students in this science fair will create an original project which will be based on the scientific method and will add knowledge to the field of science. Students can create a project in math, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, or technology. Students in all categories will be awarded  prizes. However, the top finalists will be eligible to apply to take part in the Society for Science and the Public affiliated Broadcom Masters, where they will compete for $25,000.

The BCA Science Challenge was started in 2012 by a group of research students along with their research mentors, Mrs. Donna Leonardi, MS and Ms. Rachael Stott, MS. This group of students had a strong interest in spreading their passion for science to middle school students. The research that they carried out at BCA greatly affected each and everyone of them, and consequently they wanted to spread their passion and knowledge of science. Each and every year, teachers, current research students, BCA alumni, and professionals from the various scientific disciplines come together to make the Bergen SciChallenge happen!

Science is dynamic field of study! This competition will allow students to explore science in a way that this different than conventional science classes. Students will experience the scientific endeavor using a hands on approach. This affiliated fair has had three national semifinalists in the past four years. Are you ready to be a scientist? Will you be able to enter the realm of science?


Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.

—Albert Einstein