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Science Fair Guidelines

Project Guidelines:

1. All work should be done by the student. Appropriate assistance may be provided by your teacher, parents, or others.

2. In compliance with the guidelines set by the County Science Fair, do not put student name(s) or school name on data sheets, notebooks, or reports. Use a removable Cover Sheet with your name(s) on it for turning in assignments.

3. Food samples (liquid or solid) should not be a part of your Display (but may be part of your project). Please use photographs or drawings, plastic food or the labeled containers.

4. Valuable equipment and live animals should not be a part of your Display (but may be part of your project). Please use photographs or drawings to document their use during your experiments.

5. Projects using live animals must follow the Science Fair Guidelines set by the State Humane Association of California. See me to get more information, if your project will involve using live animals.


Please Keep in Mind:

Judges will be looking at the following characteristics in these projects (not necessarily in this order):

  • Originality - Has this been done before?
  • Good Scientific Procedure -
    • Do the experiments provide the quantitative information needed to answer the students’ question?
    • Have the students carefully recorded and analyzed the data?
    • Have the variables been identified/controlled?
    • Are the conclusions valid?
  • Personal Value - Is the students’ project and research of value to the students?
  • Simplicity - Does the project look too complicated or expensive?
    • (Hint - KEEP IT SIMPLE!)


Good Luck!



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