Austin Energy Regional Science Festival February 19 – 22, 2014 Palmer Events Center. Teacher Orientation: Elementary Division www.sciencefest.austinenergy.com. Projects: 1,773 Students: 2,075 Schools: 172
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School Districts: 18+
Judges &Volunteers: over 400AERSF 2013 StatisticsElementary Division
1 Judge and 1 Volunteer
for every 10 projects you send from your school.Judges & Volunteers
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Check in and Set up at Palmer Events Center
Friday, February 21, 2014 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Judging and Awards at Palmer Events Center
Saturday, February 22, 2014Schedule Highlights
New registration system (hopefully will open in November)
(not new but) No projects where the student has grown mold or bacteria will be allowed to participateWhat's New For 2014?
Parking will be free of charge to all participants at the Palmer Events Center Garage.
Project Registration Fee is $15
All elementary projects must complete and submit an “Elementary Project Research Form” with their registration packets.
Due to space limitations, late registration will not be allowed.
Elementary division covers grades 3-6 only.
No mold or moldy food projects!!Not new, but worth repeating!
-Failure to follow the “Code of Conduct” during the fair Palmer Events Center Garage.
-Elementary Division students may NOT conduct a project that includes:
• growing mold or bacteria (i.e. moldy food experiments etc);
• discharging a firearm or air pressure canister device or potato gun;
• chemicals hazardous to student health, or radioactive materials;
• causing pain, suffering, or death of an animal
• any other activity or substances that present a danger to the student or
others.Restrictions – Grounds for Disqualification
All documentation is available online in English and Spanish at
Items Not Allowed in the Exhibit Hall Palmer Events Center Garage.
• No organisms; living, dead or preserved plants or animals*
• No human or animal food
No Bacteria or mold cultures
• No liquids
Allowed and Encouraged Items
• Photographs, drawings, or toy animals/artificial plants should be used to depict the items not allowed.
• Be sure to properly credit/acknowledge all photographers.Project Display & Safety Rules
Many students and parents have difficulty discerning Palmer Events Center Garage.
the difference between Experiment and Exhibit projects.
follow the steps of the scientific method
clearly ask a question to which you do not already know the answer before testing
explain how or why something works
reveal details about the topic
are explanations, not questionsExperiment or Exhibit?
6 Palmer Events Center Garage.th Grade Elementary students may enter in the Elementary or the Junior Division6th Grade Project Entry
Elementary Division Palmer Events Center Garage. – Based on School’s Student Enrollment
0 – 499 Students 11 Projects Maximum per School500 – 699 Students 14 Projects Maximum per School700 – 899 Students 17 Projects Maximum per School900 + Students 20 Projects Maximum per School
60 Projects Maximum per SchoolMaximum Project Entries
Print a Media Release Form and Student Checklist for Palmer Events Center Garage.each student who won at your school’s science fair
By Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Finalize online registration and Submit a complete school packet to Austin Energy
On Friday, February 21, 2012 from 2:00-7:00 p.m.
Check in and set up projects at Palmer Events Center
On Saturday, February 22, 2014
Students should be at their project 15 minutes before judging begins
Attend the Awards Ceremony
Dismantle Projects, 4:30–5:30 p.m. Projects not picked up by 5:30 p.m. on February 22 will be discarded.Teacher Checklist
Student Project Fee $15
School Registration Fee $35
No late entries can be accepted!Registration Deadline & Fees
Deadline: Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at 5:00 p.m.
Submit to our office:
Copy of the school’s online registration confirmation
Copy of Elementary Project Research Form
Original signed Media Release for each student
Payment or documentation of paymentWhat is in a School Packet?
2013 Special Awards:
Austin Energy Best Use of Electricity
Austin Energy Best Use of Renewable Energy
Austin Energy Best in Climate ProtectionSpecial Awards
Austin Energy Regional Science Festival at 5:00 p.m.www.sciencefest.austinenergy.com
Science Fair support – ideas and “how to” for projects
Austin Science Education Foundation– non profit support organization for the regional fair