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 to participate in the NSBE Jr. Explorer’s Technical Innovation Competition. Participants must be paid NSBE Jr. members.

  • Middle School (Junior): 6th–8th grade students

  • High School (Senior): 9th–12th grade students


  • A chapter may have as many participants as desired.                                                                                   
  • 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 2023 - 2024 program year must submit an application for  the program and meet all the above team requirements. COMPLETED applications are due no later than 11:59 PM on November 19, 2023.

Critical 2023 - 2024 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



Submit application to participate in 2023 - 2024 season 

Register your team/chapter to attend Annual Convention at 

Register your team to participate in TIC at Annual Convention no later than Sunday, November 19, 2023.

NSBE Jr. Explorer TIC Abstract Due

Send abstract to no later than Sunday, December 17, 2023.

NSBE Jr. Explorer TIC Research Paper Due

Send research paper to no later than Sunday, January 21, 2024.

NSBE Jr Explorer TIC National Poster and Oral Presentation Competition

Held at NSBE’s Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA from March 20 - March 24, 2024.

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