It Starts with an Idea

Every ISWEEEP competitor has accepted the challenge to find and utilize Earth’s renewable resources. Their projects capture the focus and determination of realizing that dream.

  • The competition is open to all high school students up to age 21, grades ninth through the first semester of college.
  • Contestants qualify through one of ISWEEEP’s affiliated science fairs, or after a proposal is chosen by the ISWEEEP Scientific Review Committee.
  • A student, or group of students, may not enter more than one project each year.
  • The project must be conducted within 12 months of the competition.
  • The same project may not be re-entered unless it is a continuation to the project or changes have been made to it.

  • Renewable Energy
  • Bio Energy
  • Non-Renewable-Energy
  • Energy Advancements
  • Clean Energy Technology
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Conservation


  • Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering

ENVIRONMENT: Management and Pollution

  • Land Management
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Bioremediation
  • Air Pollution/Quality
  • Soil Pollution/Quality
  • Water Pollution/Quality
  • 3R: Reduce-Recycle-Reuse

ENVIRONMENT: Health and Disease Preventionn

  • Medicine
  • Immunology
  • Nutrition
  • Bacteriology
  • Virology
Competitors are judged on five criteria:

  • Originality
  • Scientific method
  • Analysis
  • Project’s benefits to society
  • Presentation
For those who need to take an AP exam, ISWEEEP will be offering the following AP Exams:

-United States Government and Politics
-United States History
-Physics 2: Algebra Based
-Computer Science Principles
-Physics C: Mechanics
-Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

If you are interested in taking an exam please click here to download our schedule and form.

Once you become a finalist there are a number of items that need to be addressed; here is a list for your convenience:

– Accommodations Provided by I-SWEEEP
– Lodging Information
– Project Display Board/Shipping Instructions
– Adult Supervisor & Travel Information
– Transportation from Airport to Hotel
– Project Check in
– Required Forms
– Social Event
– Dress Code

Click here for more information

Looking Toward the Future

Each year ISWEEEP awards four grand prizes to the top projects in each category, recognizing the research as a concept that will reshape how we interact with energy, engineering or the environment.

Grand Prizes: plaque, $1,500

  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environment: Management and Pollution
  • Environment: Health and Disease Prevention

Gold: medallion, $750

Silver: medallion, $400

Bronze: medallion, $150

Honorable Mention: Certificate

Student Handbook

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • January 27

    International Student Application Deadline

  • February 24

    U.S. Application Deadline

  • April 24

    Project boards must be shipped to ISWEEEP’s by April 24th.