scienc e fair

Join us for our third annual Library Science Fair, hosted virtually for 2021. Participants in grades K-12 will record a video of their Science Fair project to submit to the judges. Winners will be announced during a video broadcast on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7 PM; prizes will be distributed at the branch of the winner’s choice. A virtual display of the top-scoring projects will be available for the public to view at a later date.

 

Important dates

Registration deadline: Saturday, December 19 by 5 PM.

Video submission deadline (no exceptions): Monday, January 25, 2021 by 5 PM.

Participants will be emailed a submission link; if you have not received one after being notified that your project has been approved, please contact the Science Fair Committee at sciencefair@clermontlibrary.org.

Videos

Science Fair videos should be 5-7 minutes in length for participants in grades K-4 and 8-10 minutes long for those in grades 5-12. Videos longer than 12 minutes will not be accepted. Suggested video formats are .mp4 or .mov. For more information, please see the informational videos and brochures below.

Research report

A research report is required for all projects in Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12. Please attach this report via the submission link when entering your project video. An abstract and a research plan are required if the participant has indicated interest in the District Science Fair.

Virtual events

  • Mad Science: Fire and Ice event
  • Awards announcement – Facebook event on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7 PM

Informational videos

  • Science Fair is back – and virtual! – Coming Soon
  • How to record and submit your presentation – Coming Soon

If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Science Fair Committee at sciencefair@clermontlibrary.org.

Informational brochures

Note for 2021: The presentation approach is the same as outlined in this brochure, simply on video instead of in-person.

We understand that you may have extra questions this year as we host the event virtually. Please send all questions to sciencefair@clermontlibrary.org and staff will be happy to assist you.

Resources

book cover for championship science fair projects
Championship Science Fair Projects: 100 Sure-to-Win Experiments
book cover for quick but great science fair projects
Quick-but-Great Science Fair Projects
book cover for sure to win science fair projects
Sure-to-Win Science Fair Projects
book cover for blue ribbon science fair projects
Blue Ribbon Science Fair Projects

Library Databases

Explora: Supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content.

Kids Infobits : A great resource for young children that includes books, pictures, magazines, and news articles; provides images alongside text for ease of searching.

Science Reference Center: Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, science as inquiry and more

World Book Online Reference Center: Online version of the World Book Encyclopedia.

Web Resources

 www.sciencebuddies.org

www.sciencefaircentral.com

https://www.education.com/science-fair/

https://learning-center.homesciencetools.com/science-projects/

FAQ – Complete rules

library science fair

General Rules

Please review all of the general Science Fair Rules.

  1. Think safety first before you start.
  2. Never eat or drink during an experiment, and keep your work area clean.
  3. Wear protective glasses when doing any experiment that could lead to eye injury.
  4. Do not touch, taste, or inhale chemicals or chemical solutions.
  5. Respect all life forms. Participants using human subjects or other living organisms will have additional ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) requirements and paperwork.
  6. All experiments should be supervised by an adult.
  7. Always wash your hands after doing the experiment, especially if you have been handling chemicals.
  8. Dispose of waste properly.
  9. Any project that breaks library policy and/or local, state or federal laws is NOT permitted.
  10. Use safety on the internet!  Be sure to let adults know which websites you are visiting or have them help you with your research.
  11. If there are dangerous aspects of your experiment, like using a sharp tool or the stove, please have an adult help you.

Age Categories

Participants in the 2021 Library Science Fair will compete in the following age categories:

  • Grades Kindergarten-4
  • Grades 5-8
  • Grades 9-12

Students in grades Kindergarten to Four have the following project options:

  • Model – Create a model of a scientific area (e.g., solar system, human eye, etc.).
  • Demonstration – Explain how something works or why something happens the way it does.
  • Scientific Experiment – Answer a question or solve a problem. This type of project must follow the scientific method.

Students in grades 5-12 have the following project options:

  • Scientific Experiment – Answer a question or solve a problem. This type of project must follow the scientific method.
  • Engineering Design – Design a solution to a problem and test the outcomes.

Group Projects

Students may work jointly on a project at a maximum of two students per project. Each student must submit a separate registration form through the Library Science Fair web page. In the event that a group project is awarded a prize, each student involved in the project will receive a prize of equal value.

Please follow state and local guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Contact the Science Fair committee with questions.

Projects Involving Animal and/or Human Subjects

Any participant whose project involves human or animal subjects must complete the ISEF forms, which include human and animal subject consent forms.

The Science Fair Committee will share the required forms with participants once the project proposals have been approved.

Qualifying for prizes

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • Grades Kindergarten-4
    • First Prize
      • Must receive a superior rating from the judges
    • Second Prize
      • Must receive a superior or excellent rating from the judges
    • Third Prize
      • Must receive a superior or excellent rating from the judges
  • Grades 5-8
    • First Prize
      • Must receive a superior rating from the judges
    • Second Prize
      • Must receive a superior or excellent rating from the judges
    • Third Prize
      • Must receive a superior or excellent rating from the judges
  • Grades 9-12
    • First Prize
      • Must receive a superior rating from the judges
    • Second Prize
      • Must receive a superior or excellent rating from the judges
    • Third Prize
      • Must receive a superior or excellent rating from the judges

A research report is required for all projects in Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12. Please attach this report via the submission link when entering your project video. An abstract and a research plan are required if the participant has indicated interest in the District Science Fair.

In the event that a group project is awarded a prize, each student involved in the project will receive a prize of equal value.

Which citation format should be used for my research?

We suggest but do not require that you use APA (American Psychological Association) format.

ISEF Rules

The following rules and forms may be applicable to certain projects. The Library Science Fair Committee will contact you in the event that these apply to your project. All participants must agree to adhere to the rules and be willing to fill out the forms if necessary.

Ethics Statement

The ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) guidelines for 2020-2021 includes the following statement, to which all participants should adhere.

Student researchers, as well as adults who have a role in their projects, are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Integrity. Honesty, objectivity, and avoidance of conflicts of interest are expected during every phase of the research. The project should reflect independent research done by the student(s), and represent only one year’s work.
  • Legality. Compliance with all federal, country, state, and local laws is essential. All projects must be approved by a Scientific Review Committee (SRC), and when necessary must also be approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and/or Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
  • Respect for Confidentiality and Intellectual Property. Confidential communications, as well as patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property must be honored. Unpublished data, methods, or results may not be used without permission, and credit must be given to all contributions to research.
  • Stewardship of the Environment. It is the responsibility of the researcher(s) and the adults involved to protect the environment and its organisms from harm. All projects involve some amount of risk. Everyone is expected to recognize the hazards, assess the risks, minimize them, and prepare for emergencies.
  • Animal Care. Proper care and respect must be given to vertebrate animals. The guiding principles for the use of animals in research includes the following “Four R’s”: Replace, Reduce, Refine, Respect.
  • Human Participant Protection. The highest priority is the health and well-being of the student researcher(s) and human participants.
  • Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents (PHBAs). It is the responsibility of the student and adults involved in the project to conduct and document a risk assessment, and to safely handle and dispose of organisms and materials.

Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. This includes plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher’s work as one’s own and fabrication of data.

Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition in affiliated fairs and ISEF. Society for Science and the Public reserves the right to revoke recognition of a project subsequently found to have been fraudulent.”

International Rules: Rules for all Projects

District Science Fair

Participants in grades 5-12 may choose to participate in the District Science Fair. The District Science Fair does not require participants to advance from a local fair in 2021. Library Science Fair participants who would like information from the Science Fair committee on entering the District Science Fair must select this option at registration.

Interested participants must complete ISEF Form 1A and return it to any Clermont County Public Library branch (please tell a staff member that it is for the Science Fair) or email the completed form to sciencefair@clermontlibrary.org.

Participants using human subjects or other living organisms will have additional requirements and paperwork that will have to be completed in order to participate in the District Science Fair. The Science Fair Committee will communicate these requirements to the participants who wish to participate in the District Science Fair.

Find more information about the District Science Fair at this website.