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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 Level

State Level

Arizona Science and Engineering Fair

AzSEF is the state fair for Arizona. Grades 5-12 can qualify to enter by placing first at SARSEF.

Only first-place winning 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.
No more than 12 entries per grade level will be accepted from each school in the elementary and junior divisions.
To ensure the integrity of this rule, schools/fairs will be allowed to submit only one project per grade level for each category (12 categories for elementary and junior divisions.) (Click here for categories.)
In the event your fair does not give place awards, it is the discretion of the fair director to send the project considered the best representative of the category selected.
Contact: Jen Gutierrez
Professional Learning Specialist
Arizona Science Center
Phone: 602-716-2000, ext. 220 / Cell: 602-525-2881

National and International Level Competitions

 The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars): This top-level middle-school science and engineering fair competition is operated by the Society for Science & the Public. It is sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation. Students who participate in science fairs in the United States, and are nominated, 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 Spirit of Innovation Awards: This competition challenges student teams to solve real-world problems in the areas of clean energy, aerospace exploration and cyber security. It is open to students aged 13-18. The winning team is awarded $5,000 to continue product development. Its motto is “Geek is Chic” and it is sponsored, in part, by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Lockheed Martin.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program:  This program aims to recognize exceptional students and support them in the fulfillment of their potential. Fellowships are awarded in numerous categories, including science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Discovery Young Scientist Challenge (DYSC):  This contest is for students in Grades 5-8. Ten finalists will receive $1,000, and an all-expense-paid trip to St. Paul, Minn. for the competition finals. The first-place winner will receive $25,000.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF):  This fair is for high school students only, who must first qualify at an affiliated fair. The 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.

Intel Science Talent Search (STS):  The top prize for this competition for high school seniors is a $100,000 scholarship.

International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment: I-SWEEP’s Project Olympiad is a science fair open to high school students around the world.

Kids’ Science Challenge:  This nationwide competition is open to students in Grades 3-6. It challenges students to create a unique solution to one of the three annual challenges, and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology:  Top prize for this high school student competition 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 DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition:  This event is open to U.S. and Canadian students in Grades 7-12. Top prize is $3,000, and a trip to Walt Disney World and Kennedy Space Center.

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, organized by the American Museum of Natural History and sponsored by Alcoa Corp., 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.