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Before starting a project there are few things you should know or do first.




Read and understand the GSDSEF RULES AND REGULATIONS 2017-2018 booklet and make sure you know and follow the 2017-2018 Schedule of Events and Deadlines.



Decide on a Science, Engineering, Computer Science, or Math project. Look at the guidelines to help you decide and check out the Category Descriptions to determine what type of project you would like to do.


The Project Proposal Form is required!   Complete the Project Proposal Form and turn in to your teacher/advisor.



Depending on your project you may need to complete certain forms, get the appropriate signatures, and give to your advisor. Click on the SRC Approval Flowchart to determine which certification forms, if any, need to be completed before you begin your project. Then download any of the forms and complete them. You will need to give a copy to your advisor and keep a copy for yourself.


If you have questions whether your proposed project is acceptable or to clarify any safety concerns, please contact the Scientific Review Committee or Phil Gay at



Begin and work on your project.


To help you produce a high quality and successful project, check out the Resources webpage, sign up for Workshop, or see how to get Advice and Mentoring.

Use the following resource developed by Wendy Gay as you work through your project.




After you have participated in your school or district’s science fair and have been encouraged to apply to the GSDSEF, your project will need to go through the Screening Process.

You will need to submit your project for screening on-line. See Screening Information or check with your teacher/advisor for instructions and deadlines.



If your project has been "Recommended" to participate in the GSDSEF, you will receive a Congratulations letter with the link to submit the 2018 GSDSEF Application and information on fee payment procedures.

Screeners often include helpful advice for students to improve their projects. Before the GSDSEF, you still have time to improve your project before judging by considering their comments.