The Round Rock Community Association (RRCA) is dedicated to inspiring students to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Every year, they organize a STEM Day for high school students to work in teams and present their science projects or experiments. During the fair, more than 350 judges will be needed to evaluate over 20 categories in engineering, life sciences and physical sciences. The Austin Science Education Foundation (ASEF) is a nonprofit organization that promotes students' knowledge and participation in STEM.
They also prepare teachers and students for the Austin Metropolitan Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair, organize the fair and support selected students to move on to the next competitions. Last February, students from Round Rock Independent School District earned specialized awards and top grades at the Austin Regional Energy Science Festival. The Austin Metropolitan Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair is one of the largest regional science fairs in Texas, with nearly 3,000 students from third to twelfth grade. It is also one of the largest city-sponsored science fairs in the country.
The best of fair senior division projects advance directly to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair. On February 19th, Alex Chaiken, Gabe Graf, Jarrett Grier, Addison LeCates, Joshua Millikan and Lydia Pergande participated in the Regional Science Fair's Elementary Division. Five students represented RRCA at the Junior and Senior Regional Science Fair on February 22nd. Meghan Brenenstuhl, Douglas Chaiken, Patrice Hayes, Trevor Jaksch, Rebecca Rasmussen, Alyssa Sheil, Milo Tran and Matthew Tweden competed in the Junior Division of the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival on February 16th.
The 2024 26% Texas Science Engineering Fair (TXSEF) will take place March 22-23 at Texas A&M University Student Recreation Center in College Station. The Austin Metropolitan Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair serves public, charter, private and domestic school students from Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Comanche, Fayette, Lee, Mills, Travis, Washington, Williamson and North Hays Counties.