Student General Information

Preparing for the Fair

  • Before you do anything else, check out Looking for Help  where you will find links to lots of information about science fairs, help choosing a topic, and guidelines for working on your project.
  • Do not copy a project that can be found in a book, on a website, or in your classroom.  Make your project your own.
  • Decide on a project.
    • Start a project notebook.  You’ll be using it to write down everything you do and everything you learn throughout the project.  Start by writing everything you think about as you consider different topics.
    • Pick a topic that you’re really interested in learning more about.
    • Do a little research.  Talk to your family, your friends, your teacher.  Find out what people already know about your topic.  You want your project to address something that isn’t already common knowledge. 
    • Narrow your focus to something specific, something you would like to investigate, something you can do in the amount of time you have, with the resources available to you. Continue doing research.  Check the library, search the internet (make sure you use reliable sources) and record what you’ve learned, and where you learned it, in your project notebook.
    • Write down the question or problem that you are going to work on.  Make it as clear and specific as you can.
    • Decide on a title for your project.
    • Write a description.  Write down the steps you plan to take to find the answer to your question or the solution to your problem.
  • Decide which type of project you’re doing.  Projects can be entered as one of two types: (1) Science / Technology, or (2) Inventions
  • Decide which category your project fits in.  Click here for a list of the categories.
  • Gather all of the information you need before you go to Student Registration.  The application form will ask for:
    • the title of your project
    • the category it fits in best
    • whether it is a science/technology project or an invention
    • the problem or question you are working on
    • a description of your project (the goal of your project or why it’s important; what you’ve done so far and what you plan to do between now and March 25th )
    • a password that will be easy for you to remember so you can access your ‘My Project’ page whenever you need to (we suggest the you write your password on a page in your notebook so you can find it if you forget it)
    • an active email address where you can be reached from the time you register until the date of the fair.   You should check your email at least once a week, more often the week before the fair
    • your name, home address, and phone number**
    • your school, your grade, and your teacher’s name (or your parent’s name if you are home-schooled  **
    • your t-shirt size **
    • ** if you are working with a partner, all of the information for both of you needs to be entered on the application form.  Just one application should be submitted for the two of you.
  • Go to the Student Registration part of this website and submit your application.
  • The application fee is the last thing you are asked for when registering.  You will need a credit card to complete this.  If you are filling out the application at school you probably won’t have a credit card available.  That’s OK.  You or your parents can sign back into ‘My Account’ within 3 weeks to make the payment.  Don’t forget your password!
  • Do your project.  Use your notebook to record what you’re doing and the data you collect.  Repeat your experiment several times to check that your conclusion is correct/verified.
  • Prepare your Presentation
    • Check the rules to make sure your project board meets the size requirements.  While you’re there, review the rest of the rules again, too.
    • Organize your display, drawings and/or photos to clearly show the work you did and your findings.
    • Get ready to explain your project to a judge.  Practice ahead of time – in front of a mirror, family members, friends, or your class.