Almost 200 students gather at Florida State University for the Capital Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Students show off their best work in a variety of categories including botany, bio chemistry, math and engineering.
Many participants say the competition is a fun way to get involved in research, but it takes a lot of work.
"You have to work hard at it, you have to do a lot of research and a lot of stuff to be here," said Hunter Whitaker, a participant.
"I am highly impressed with the kids, especially the middle schools some of the things they are doing, I am impressed, their projects have been more acquired meeting FCAT bench mark, " said Deborah Thomas, Director of Science Fair.
Twenty four winners will move on to the state competition in may held in Ft. Meyers, Florida, where they could have the chance to compete in nationals held in New Mexico.