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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

Section B: Forms

All necessary SRC or IRB approvals are required BEFORE student(s) may begin their project.

Students will need to complete the online SRC Pre-Approval Form and upload any necessary following Certification forms with the GSDSEF SRC Pre-Approval Signature Page and receive SRC Approval notification.

Additional Forms:

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 IRB (Institutional Review Board approvals may be required. Please refer to the ISEF Rules and Guidelines for any necessary/required approvals.

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:

  1. How to Think Like a Scientist
  2. It All Starts with an Idea
  3. The Basics - What All Great Projects Have In Common
  4. Feed Your Brain


GSDSEF WORKSHOPS and TEACHER-CREATED Instructional Resources and Materials

Please go to GSDSEF Facebook page for workshop videos!





Additional Instructional Materials and Resource Guides:


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.


Science Resources by Thoughtco


Computer Science Resources by Thoughtco


Math Resources by Thoughtco


Teaching Engineering


Tinkering, Simple Machines, Simple Electronics, Engineering, and Coding - Activities and Resources


Understanding Science and How it really Works – Teaching Resources


Teaching Resources - UC Berkeley


SAGE: Science and Arts Gateway Education - Teaching and Learning Resources from University of Cornell


JPL/NASA Teacher Resource


Resources from NASA: Grades 9-12


Resources from NASA Grades 5- 8


Edutopia – Ten Websites for  Science Teachers


Teaching Techniques for Science Teachers


PBS LEARNING (create a free account to access resources)


The National Digital Library


Science News for Students


Find Articles from CBS


Science Daily – Your source for latest research


EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News


Smithsonian - Science/Nature


Science Now


UC Riverside Chemical Engineering Fun for Kids