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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.

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?

Yes. Plants, animals, dirt, liquids, chemicals, bacteria samples should not be brought to the Fair. Use pictures instead. If you're not sure, leave it at home.