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: Certification and Special 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
- GSDSEF Rules and Guidelines
- ISEF Rules and Guidelines (PDF version)
- ISEF Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults
- GSDSEF Categories and Descriptions (updated September 2021)
- ISEF - Reasons Projects Don’t Qualify for ISEF
- Ethics Statement
Section B: Certification and Special Forms
Go to Students--> How to Participate, Table 4B to determine if a project needs a Certification Form or additional Forms BEFORE starting with experimentation.
Additional Forms may be required AFTER the project is completed. Go to Students-->How to Participate, Step 8B to see if these additional forms need to be completed by the Qualified Scientist and submitted during the screening process.
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)
GSDSEF WORKSHOPS and TEACHER-CREATED Instructional Resources and Materials
Please go to GSDSEF Facebook page for workshop videos!
RESOURCES, PRESENTATIONS, INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS -
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
- Research at Home Resources by Society for Science & the Public (ISEF)
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