SAVE THE DATE: March 10, 2018
Welcome! Science Fair – why do it? Many of you who are reading this have already participated in our fair year after year. And for that, thank you. For those of you haven’t yet participated, we are here to help.
Why Should My Students Participate?
Students should participate in science and engineering fairs because it encourages creativity and ingenuity and promotes an inquiry-based approach to learning. Students develop a question, conduct research, analyze data, and share findings. It is an effective way to engage students in applying their knowledge of the scientific method, while further developing skills in areas of literacy, mathematics, and communications. It also promotes positive attitudes towards science and demonstrates to students the relevance of science and research. And if you are still not convinced… it’s also a lot of fun!
All high school students attending private, public, charter, parochial, or home schools in King or Snohomish County are eligible to participate in the fair. A maximum of 50 projects will be accepted from each school. Students must first compete in CSRSEF in order to be eligible for the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair.
If you are interested in bringing more than 5 projects to CSRSEF, it is in your best interest to contact Dr. Jenn Pang, Fair Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). She will put you on a distribution list that will have useful training and announcements for educators who are supporting multiple students.
Rules and Guidelines
The CSRSEF rules and guidelines are the same as the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair’s (ISEF) standards. Check out the ISEF Rules & Guidelines to learn more.
Science projects should be hypothesis-based and follow the scientific method. Engineering projects should have engineering goals and produce a product. For more information on how to differentiate between Science Research and Non-Inquiry based Research, check out the Official 2013 CSRSEF Project Guide.
Many class assignments, senior projects, summer research projects, and displays created for other science competitions can be entered into the fair with minimal changes.
Registration information is found on the Student Registration page.
Projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents (ANY microorganisms or viruses), or hazardous chemicals, activities or devices need to be registered online and have submitted paperwork by January 24, 2018.
All other projects need to be submitted by February 14, 2018.
Resources and Event Information
The complete fair schedule and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Student What to Expect page. We encourage you to read through this material.
2018 ISEF Forms can be found on the Student Forms page. Our ISEF Forms Clinic was held on November 14. If you would like to augment your familiarity with ISEF forms, and missed the session, please email Jenn at email@example.com to schedule another session.
In addition to encouraging your students to participate in the fair, teachers can get involved in the following ways:
- Field Trips: Plan a field trip to the CSRSEF on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Public viewing hours are from 1-3:30pm.
- Be a Judge: Volunteering as a judge is a great way to learn more about the science and engineering fair process.