scienc e fair

Join us for our fourth annual Library Science Fair, hosted virtually for 2022. 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 9, 2022 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: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 by 6 PM.

Video submission deadline (no exceptions): Monday, January 24, 2022 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.

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

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Videos

Science Fair videos should be:

  • 5-7 minutes in length for grades K-4
  • 8-10 minutes long for 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 video 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 an interest in the District Science Fair.

Virtual events

  • Parent Information Session (Zoom) – Tuesday, October 19 at 7 PM. Sign up to receive the Zoom link and a reminder email.
  • Awards announcement – Facebook Event on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 7 PM.

How to record and submit your presentation

  • Adults assisting K-4 students with recording are welcome to ask questions to prompt students during their presentation. A list of suggested questions can be found on the Steve Spangler website.
  • Participants in grades 5-12 may also refer to these questions to help them prepare their presentations.

Informational brochures

Note for 2022: 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

The Library has a variety of resources to help you plan and execute your science project.

Books

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

FAQ – Complete rules

Participants in the 2022 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

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

  • Individual Science Experiment rubric - Coming soon
  • Individual Engineering Design rubric- Coming soon
  • Team Science Experiment rubric - Coming soon
  • Team Engineering Design rubric- Coming soon

Interested in being a judge? Please sign up here!

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

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 2021-2022 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.
  • 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. 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.

Find more information about the District Science Fair here once it becomes available.