The following are a few resources for teachers and parents to help their students/children produce a successful science or engineering fair project.
SECTION A: Rules and Guidelines
SECTION B: Forms
SECTION C: Science Fair Resources, Instructional Resources and Materials for Teachers, and GSDSEF Workshop Materials
SECTION D: Links to Online Teaching Resources and Digital Libraries
* Additional resources may be found on the Student Resources page.
Section A: Rules and Guidelines
- ISEF Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults
- ISEF Reasons Projects Don’t Qualify
- Ethics Statement
Section B: Forms
(NOTE: 2020 Forms are coming soon. Do not use prior year Forms for 2020!)
All necessary SRC or IRB approvals are required BEFORE student(s) may begin their project.
For those working in a regulated research institution, industrial setting, or any work site other than home, school, or field:
For those working on a continuation/progression in the same field of study as a previous project:
(Students who are working on a Year 2, 3, 4 Study may not include any prior year's research in current year's project, presentation, or display.)
For Human Subjects projects, an informed consent/assent/permission form can be developed in consultation with the Teacher/Advisor, Designated Supervisor, or Qualified Scientist. This form is used to provide information to the research participant (and parent/guardian if participant is under 18) and to document an informed consent (and parent permission as necessary). Below are two examples of a Human Informed Consent Form:
Section C: Science Fair Resources for Teachers
How Science and Engineering Fair Projects Relate to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards:
How to Do a Science Fair Project - Teaching the Scientific Method and Engineering Design:
- Science Buddies Teaching Resources
- Science Buddies - Science Fair Project Guide
- Science Fair - Engineering Project Guide
- How to Do A Science Fair Project Video Series from JPL/NASA
- Tips on Planning an Environmental Science Project (by Cornell University)
- Tips for Science Fair (by Cyberbee)
- How to Achieve Science Excellence Series Articles from Society of Science and the Public:
- How to Think Like a Scientist
- It All Starts with an Idea
- The Basics - What All Great Projects Have In Common
- Feed Your Brain
GSDSEF WORKSHOPS and TEACHER-CREATED Instructional Resources and Materials
Please go to GSDSEF Facebook page for workshop videos!
RESOURCES, PRESENTATIONS, INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS -
- Video, Jessica Ullyot, Gompers Secondary School, San Diego City Schools (coming soon)
Additional Instructional Materials and Resource Guides:
- How to Do a Science Fair Project - for Teachers, Students, and Parents (InformED Australia)
- Resources to Teach Scientific Inquiry by MYPTeacher
- MYP Science Lab Report Guide (by MYPteacher.com)
- American Psychological Association - Conducting Psychological Research for Science Fairs: A Teacher's Guide and Resource Manual
Section D: Links to Teaching Resources and Digital Libraries
Science Net Links - Teaching Science Resources - Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Science NetLinks, you'll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities, and all of it is free!
Thoughtco Teaching Resources - In-depth articles and teacher resources that give you and your students the answers and information.
Tinkering, Simple Machines, Simple Electronics, Engineering, and Coding - Activities and Resources
SAGE: Science and Arts Gateway Education - Teaching and Learning Resources from University of Cornell
PBS LEARNING (create a free account to access resources)