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
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.
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:
- 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)