Check our available resources and keep an eye on our Facebook page for opportunities!

the BEST free resource is A Framework for K-12 Science Education, which you can download for free!


Project Boards

Are Your Parents Looking for a Science Fair Project Board?

Many office supply stores carry them!

We particularly like Jonathan’s Educational Resources. They carry a variety of colors in the right sizes, as well as borders that can help jazz up a project board. They even carry lettering for titles, specially designed for science fair projects that follow the scientific method.

Stores include Michaels, Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Max and any teacher supply store. If you want specialized titles, go to Science Buddies to check out what pre-printed titles are available.

 Judging Criteria

Would You Like to Know What the Judges Are Looking For?

The following forms outline the criteria that teams will use when judging the projects. Note there are separate forms for projects that use the Scientific Process and Engineering Design, and for K-8 versus the HS level.

All forms are based on the criteria used at the ISEF competition level.

Elem and MS Engineering Criteria

Elem and MS Science Criteria

HS Science Criteria

HS Engineering Criteria

Other Science Competitions

Every year, more than 9 million students in Grades K–12 enter a science competition. Your project may also be entered in some of the following:


State Fair: Arizona Science and Engineering Fair

AzSEF is the state fair for Arizona.

Only first-place projects will advance to AzSEF. The definition of first place can include those that take first place at the SCHOOL level as well. (See below.)

Students in Grades 5-12 who have placed first at a school, home school, district, county or regional science fair are eligible to compete at AzSEF.

National and International Fairs and Competitions

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is a competition for Grade 6-8 students who participate in science fairs in the United States, and are nominated to compete in the national competition. Thirty finalists will win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the $25,000 grand prize.

Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards: Challenges student teams to solve real-world problems in the areas of clean energy, aerospace exploration and cyber security. For students age 13-18. Winning team is awarded $5,000 to continue product development. Spirit of Innovation Awards are sponsored, in part, by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program:  This program aims to recognize exceptional students and support them in the fulfillment of their potential. It includes categories of science, mathematics and technology, among others. The top prize is $50,000.

Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF):  For high school students only, who must first qualify at an affiliated fair. Top prize is a $75,000 scholarship. Six high school projects and two to three middle school projects are selected each year at SARSEF to attend this global competition.

Regeneron Science Talent Search:  A competition for high school seniors. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.

Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology:  A competition for high school students. Top prize is a $100,000 scholarship.

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC):  The world’s largest model rocket contest, accepts teams of students in Grades 7-12 from any U.S. school or non-profit youth organization.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS):  This program invites high school students in Grades 9–12 to conduct an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering or mathematics, and to participate in a regional symposium sponsored by universities or other academic institutions. Regional winners proceed to a national competition.

Young Naturalist Awards:  This program from the American Museum of Natural History, and sponsored by Alcoa Corporation, is a research-based essay contest for students in Grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.


Web Sites for Teachers

There are a number of organizations that also want to support you in your work. Here are just a few.

Every Child. Thinking Critically. Solving Problems.