WELCOME STUDENTS & TEACHERS
To save you a lot of questions - Our advice is to visit EACH of these links below!! The information that follows at each of the links below is designed to give you guidance through the science fair research process AND more specifically to help insure your success at ACSEF.
Middle School Project Rules or High School Rules » High school - Look through the table of contents for the areas specific to your type of project idea i.e. human subjects, microbes, vertebrate animals etc..
For a series of Frequently Asked Questions on Rules FAQ's regarding rules see this link.
TIPS FOR Student & Teacher plus Project Resources » YOU MUST GO TO THIS LINK! Here you will find everything you need to know about doing a science research or engineering project from getting an idea to displaying your project at the fair and many success hints in a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) format.
ADDITIONAL TIPS AND RESOURCES BELOW:
Go here for a tutorial on getting an idea and how to write testable questions & hypotheses » Tutorial on Writing Testable Questions & Hypothesis Tutorial on getting project ideas and on how to write testable questions. Link to (*WATCH THE VIDEOS for idea possibilities) Engineering project ideas
Engineering Project research plan format » Engineering Project Research Plan Guidelines
Go here to this link RESEARCH PLAN GUIDELINES to learn what goes into your science project research plan. This plan should be followed for projects dealing with any type of research other than Engineering Projects which have their own special engineering project research plan format which is described below on this page.
Projects To Avoid! » These projects are very unlikely to be competitive and may be denied. If you do select one of these then we suggest you modify the projects because they have been overdone, are not unique and projects that you can simply “Google” the answer without performing an experiment in order to qualify for competition at ACSEF. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org for help on how to do this.
How do I know if my project idea is acceptabe for the science fair?Go to this link to determine how your project idea should be developed - minimum qualilty standards. Once you think you've got a good idea, a procedure and materials list - we would like you to email us for feedback from our team of experts who may offer you some suggestions BEFORE you send in an official application.
Sample Project Time Line » This gives you an idea of how to time your project week to week and month to month so you can budget your time. Of course this will vary depending upon the type of project you pursue.
Project logbook » This is one of the most important parts of the science research or engineering project experience and is REQUIRED for judging.
Judging Category » Go to this link to see a description of each category
Teacher of the Year! » Nominate the teacher who helped you along the way to get your project to the fair for the ACSEF
Does my Project need pre-experimental approval? » You should check this link for the types of projects and the application mail in deadline for those that need pre-experimental approval and those that do not.
Most common reasons projects fail to qualify for ACSEF » Basically if you need pre-experimental approval and dont' get it, scientific dishonesty, you don't follow the rules for working with humans, vertebrates, microbes... but there are others - check the link above.
Working with Humans as subjects requires extra care! Go to this link Human Risk Assessment for things you need to consider when doing a project with human volunteers. Then next go to the FULL rules link: https://student.societyforscience.org/human-participants
Working with ANY chemicals requires that you know how to be SAFE: handling, storage and disposal. Look each chemical up at these links to be sure of your safety! Most laboratory chemicals can be found at Flinn Scientific MSDS Search and Household products (which can also be toxic or dangerous) can be found here at NIH Houshold Products MSDS Search or here at this site US Department of Health and Human Services - Household Products Data Base
Writing and Submitting the Abstract. » Every project is required to submit a project abstract via online to the judging coordinator one week before the science fair. Also each project must have 10 copies of the printed abstract on their table at their display for judges.
Project Display Rules & Guidelines » Rules for display boards, project report binder contents & some guidelines on how to make an impressive display board including a list of items that should and should not go onto the display board.
Project Display Set up » This link gives you some specifics on what you will need & expect to happen when you bring your project to set up day at the science fair.
Preparing for Judging This link gives you the judging criteria and what to expect on judging day at the science fair. Use the link to the judging criteria as a check list for practicing. This link will explain the different phases of judging at the science fair.
ACSEF Awards This link explains the type of awards that are available for projects.