Join us for our fifth annual Library Science Fair, hosted in person for 2023. We will be at

The Gymnasium of the Owensville United Methodist Church
2580 U. S. 50, Batavia OH 45103

on Saturday, February 4, 2023. The public is welcome to visit and view the science projects on display. Participants in K-12 will present their projects to the public and judges.  Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the end of the event.  Students intending to present science projects must register their projects by 5 PM on Saturday, December 10, 2022.  Students will set their projects up at the gymnasium on Saturday, February 4, 2023 between 8 and 9 AM.

Important dates

Registration deadline: Saturday, December 10, 2022, by 5 PM.

*Register early to save your spot. The number of participants will be limited to 60 due to space.

Science Fair: Saturday, February 4, 2023 at The Gymnasium of the Owensville United Methodist Church
2580 U. S. 50, Batavia OH 45103
.

  • 8-9 AM:  Registration
  •  9-11 AM:  Project Judging
  • 11 AM -12 PM:  Crystal Clear Science presentation and food truck available while we tabulate scores.
  • 12 PM:  Awards Ceremony

Interested in being a Science Fair judge? Please sign up here!

Research report

A research report is required for all projects in Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12. Please bring this report with you on the day of the Science Fair. An abstract and a research plan are required if the participant has indicated an interest in the District Science Fair.

Informational brochures

If you have any questions, please send all questions to sciencefair@clermontlibrary.org and the staff will be happy to assist you.

Resources

Books

Blue Ribbon Science Fair Projects by
Glen Vecchione

Contains ideas for one hundred science projects, each with a list of materials, and information in the categories of background, procedure, hypothesis, experiment to test the hypothesis, and results and conclusions; and includes a discussion of the scientific method, research paper, and project journal, and display, as well as tips from a science fair judge.

First Place Science Fair Projects for Inquisitive Kids by Elizabeth Snoke Harris

Contains instructions for fifty science fair experiments which use materials that are ordinary or easily acquired.

Weird & Wonderful Science Experiments by Elizabeth Snoke Harris

This fact- and fun-filled book includes tons of simple, kid-tested science experiments, many of which can be done with items from around the house, and require little to no supervision! Whether you’re building your own bird or butterfly feeders, thermometer, or guitar, this book has something for everyone. Each experiment features safety precautions, materials needed, step-by-step instructions with illustrations, fun facts, and further explorations.

Kitchen Science Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke

The Science Behind the Food section included with each recipe will help you understand the science concepts and nutrition behind the ingredients. Have fun learning about bacteria and the chemical process of fermentation by making your own pickled vegetables; emulsion as you create your own vinaigrette; how trapped water vapor causes a popover to inflate as you make your own; crystals by making your own ice cream.

Databases

  • Explora: Supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content.
  • Science Reference Center: Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, science as inquiry, and more

Web resources

FAQ Complete rules

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 an 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.

Categories

Participants in the 2023 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., the solar system, the 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 Vertebrate Animals, Human Subjects and/or Biological Agents

Projects involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, and biological agents are discouraged.  Any project that involves vertebrate animals, human subjects, or biological agents must complete additional ISEF paperwork and receive approval from a special committee/board prior to beginning the experiment. 

You are encouraged, if at all possible, to find alternatives.  Members of the Science Fair Committee can evaluate any projects using vertebrate animals, human subjects, and/or biological agents and help you determine if there are feasible alternatives that still maintain the original project idea. 

*There are some exemptions to these guidelines that do not require special approval or additional paperwork. If you have any questions, please contact the Science Fair Committee at sciencefair@clermontlibrary.org.

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 bring this report along with your project on the day of the event. An abstract and a research plan are required if the participant has indicated an 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.

In the event that two projects in the same age category receive the same score (a tie), additional judges will review the projects separately and will submit additional scores to be averaged with the original scores as a tiebreaker.

Judging information

Participants in grades K-4 will have their projects evaluated by at least one judge.

  • K-4 rubric PDF [updated rubric will be attached when available]

Participants in grades 5-12 will have their projects evaluated by at least two judges.

Interested in being a judge? Please sign up here!

Which citation format should I use for my project?

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 2023 include 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.
  • Acknowledgment of Risks.  All projects involve some amount of risk.  Everyone is expected to recognize the hazards, assess the risks, minimize the risks 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.”

District Science Fair

Participants in grades 5-12 may choose to participate in the District Science Fair. 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. These forms must be completed before beginning your project.  The Science Fair Committee will communicate these requirements to the participants who wish to participate in the District Science Fair.