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FAQs

Does every student need a teacher sponsor?

Yes, but the sponsoring teacher doesn't have to be the student's current teacher. It can be a mentor or the school's science fair coordinator.

What happens if I miss the deadline for submitting my registration, permission form, or Certificate of Compliance?

All participants must complete the registration process by the due date and submit their abstract online according to the Fair Timeline. NO EXCEPTIONS to this process.

If I'm doing a project involving humans, how do I use the Informed Consent Forms?

Have them filled out and signed by the parents of every student participating in the study. Keep the forms in a safe place in case they are needed. They are for your protection and the protection of your school.

Is electricity available for projects at the Fair?

No it is not.

Do some projects require prior approval and the filing of special forms?

Students doing projects involving invertebrate or vertebrate animals, human subjects, recombinant DNA, tissue, pathogenic agents, or controlled substances, need to get approval from their sponsoring teacher before they begin their research. A Certificate of Compliance Form must be signed by both student and sponsoring teacher, then submitted by the registration deadline.

Please consult the Student Guide for more details.

Are school quotas the same from year to year?

Yes. The base allotment for elementary, junior high, and middle schools is limited to a maximum of 10 projects. Schools that host school science fairs with more than 100 participants may submit additional project applications. (One for every 50 students over the 100 participation number.)

Are there items that I should not include with my project display?

No hazardous materials may be exhibited at the project display. This includes, but is not limited to acids, unsecured glassware, mercury (including glass thermometers), hazardous microbes, carcinogenic, and radioactive material, open flames and unsealed food which may attract pests.

Displays may not contain any living organism including all animals, plants, and studied collections of microscopic life forms such as bacteria, fungi, and molds. The display of preserved animals is not permitted. Projects may not display photographs of procedures detrimental to the health and well being of vertebrate animals. Photographs of surgical procedures may not be exhibited.