Guidelines Page

Forms

Student Registration Forms should be submitted no later than February 8, 2014.  In addition, the Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair lists additional forms such as required ISEF forms for 9-12 and 5-8 grade entries.  These can be viewed at their website.

Rules and Requirements

Following the KSSEF, the Emporia Area Regional Science and Engineering Fair acknowledges the rules and requirements set forth by the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) that will be held May 11 - 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. Information can be accessed at www.societyforscience.org/isef.

Additionally, the following apply rules and regulations apply to EARSEF:

  • Investigations and display work must be done by the exhibiting individuals. Reference sources and sources of advice and equipment must be stated.
  • Exhibitors must assemble their exhibits without major outside help, except for transportation and unpacking.
  • A sponsoring teacher must accompany the exhibitor, or that teacher must designate, in advance, another responsible adult (e.g. parent) to accompany the exhibitor in order for the exhibitor to be eligible for competition.
  • EARSEF and judges have the right to reclassify a project if they feel it has been entered in the wrong category.
  • Entries are reviewed by EARSEF. Safety is the highest priority and anything considered unsafe will result in disqualifaction.  EARSEF decisions are final. Please check the ISEF rules at their website.  Pre-approval of projects can be obtained.
  • No exhibtor may repeat an exhibit presented in previous local, regional, or international science fairs unless it is an expanded version of the previous year's project.
  • Nothing which could be hazardous is allowed.  No dangerous chemicals, open flames, explosives, exposed electrical wiring, poisonous substances or organisms, hazardous materials, corrosive substances, poisions, drugs, or controlled substances are allowed.
  • Entrants may not exhibit liquids including water.
  • No human or animal food (prepared, packaged, or fresh) or substances that look like food.
  • Projects involving animals should be reviewed by a Scientific Review Committee before experimentation begins.  We highly recommend NOT experimenting with vertebrate animals especially in grades 5-8.  Live animals cannot be exhibited at the fair.  Photographs of live animals in your experiment are alllowed.  While experiments with live animals may be allowed at the local science fair, live animal projects are not eligibile at ISEF.  Starvation experiments on animals cannot be exhibited.
  • Bacteria, fungi, spoiled foods or molds are not allowed to be displayed at your project or booth.  Photographs may be used to show the results of their use.  The experimental design for such projects should be reviewed by a Scientific Review Committee before experimentation begins. We highly recommend NOT experimenting with bacteria especially in grades 5-8.
  • Electricity is available on a very limited basis.  EARSEF will not supply extension cords or other electrical equipment. No gas or water outlets are available. Poor electrical wiring and connections may result in disqualifaction. Judges will evaluate exhibits without actual operation of equipment involved.
  • Students should enter only one project.  Based on human and other resources, EARSEF reserves the right to judge only one project and not multiple projects submitted by the same individual.

Size and Specifications Information

Division 1: Senior High (grades 9-12) size preferences: Exhibit size is limited to 24 inches deep (front to back), 48 inches wide (side to side), and 6 feet high. Any project exceeding these dimensions but meeting ISEF guidelines will be accepted but may be placed on the floor.

Division 2: Middle School (grades 4-8): Exhibit size is limited to 24 inches deep (front to back), 48 inches wide (side to side), and 6 feet high. Any project exceeding these dimensions is oversized and will be disqualified.

Construction of displays must be safe, durable, and have movable parts attached firmly.  Mateirals used must be furnished by the exhibitor and not cause any damage to ESU property or facalities.