About State Science Day

A panoramic shot of State Science Day in 2017The Ohio Academy of Science will host the 72nd Annual State Science Day on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at The Ohio State University.

State Science Day is the pinnacle of student originated, inquiry-based science education in Ohio, and is one of the largest science and engineering fairs in the country. Approximately 1,200 students in grades 5-12 compete for more than $500,000 in sponsored awards and scholarships.

State Science Day is made possible with the support from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning.

2020 Event Info

72nd Annual State Science Day, hosted by The Ohio State University

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020

Location: French Field House and St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio

Safety Tips:

  • Lock your doors and keep all valuables with you or locked up and out of sight at all times.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings! Park and walk in well-lit areas at night, and do not walk alone.
  • Call the police department if you need to report suspicious activity. Emergency phones (plainly marked pole with a blue light on top) are situated all over campus to contact the police.

Important Notice: 

Please check back for important announcements about traffic, parking and local events that could affect your travel or stay in Columbus for the 2020 State Science Day.

Advertising Opportunities

We need your help! Emphasize the importance of STEM education and student research by purchasing advertising space in the 2020 State Science Day program. Your ad may encourage students to pursue post-secondary STEM education and career development here in Ohio.

The program includes the list of scholarships and sponsored awards, a roster of students and project exhibits, and key features that showcase support for State Science Day and STEM education throughout Ohio. Your ad will receive significant exposure for your organization. A total of 3,000 program books will be distributed to students and their families, scientific and engineering professionals volunteering as judges, and science educators. Additionally, nearly 300 public officials (including Governor DeWine, the governor’s cabinet, directors of all state agencies, the Ohio Legislature and Ohio’s U.S. representatives and senators) will receive the program. An electronic copy is always maintained on the OAS website.

This is your opportunity to tell your story and show your commitment to STEM education and student research with a State Science Day advertisement. You can find ad specifications below.

The State Science Day program is 8.5in x 11in and vertical in its orientation. A variety of sizes in affordable advertisement space is available to fit your need and budget. 

 AD RateWidth x Height
Cover Advertisement (Full-Page Color)*$1,0007.5 x 10
Full-Page (Color)$7507.5 x 10
Half-Page (Color)$5007.5 x 4.75
Quarter-Page (Color)$2503.5 x 4.75

* Two (2) full-color cover ad spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis


Advertising Submission: 

Email ad file(s) to alygruber@ohiosci.org no later than Friday, March 20, 2020. All advertisements must be created without bleeds and submitted in a 300-dpi tiff or jpeg format.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyson Gruber at 614-389-2182 or by email at alygruber@ohiosci.org

Purchase Advertising Space

Additional Resources

STEM Scholars Competed for Nearly $500,000 at State Science Day 2019

On May 11, 2019- 1,053 students in grades 5-12 exhibited their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects at the 71st annual State Science Day.

The students competing at State Science Day, advance to the state-level competition from 17 district science days held in March. 

Since 1949, local, district and State Science Days have comprised Ohio’s largest and most far reaching STEM education program with more the 75,000 students participating state-wide. Click here for a full 2019 recap.

For more information about State Science Day, visit The Ohio Academy of Science's website, call 614-488-2228 or email mwoytek@ohiosci.org.


*In 2002, The Ohio State University entered into an agreement to coordinate the event locally at no cost to the academy. The event was assigned to the Office of Continuing Education events management team, now part of the Office of Distance Education and eLearning. Coordination includes facilities, logistics, supplies, program design and printing, security, parking, and overall event support. The current agreement expires in 2020.