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Welcome to the Science Fair Congress! Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair Committee The Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair (NIRSEF) is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

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welcome to the science fair congress
Welcome to theScience Fair Congress!

Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair Committee

the northern indiana regional science and engineering fair nirsef

The Northern Indiana RegionalScience and Engineering Fair(NIRSEF)

is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

We are one of many regions who send senior students to

compete internationally; one of 12 in Indiana

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Elementary (Gr. 3 - 5)

Junior (Gr. 6 - 8)

Senior (Gr. 9 – 12)

REGIONAL FAIR

Junior (Gr. 3 - 8)

Senior (Gr. 9 – 12)

Top Projects

STATE FAIR

Top Projects

INTERNATIONAL FAIR

Senior (Gr. 9 – 12)

project types
Individual

Science (answer a testable question)

Create or improve a new algorithm (computers)

Team (up to 3)

Engineering (test a product or a process; apply principles)

Solve an equation or design a model (math)

PROJECT TYPES

OR

OR

OR

getting started
Getting Started
  • Find an idea
  • Do some reading and get information
  • Don’t copy an idea or experiment
the science engineering investigation
The Science/Engineering Investigation
  • Keep a notebook
  • LIMIT the number of variables tested (science) or changes made (engineering)
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat!
  • Report your findings based on your observations
considering safety and fair projects

Hazardous Materials

CONSIDERING SAFETY AND FAIR PROJECTS

Vertebrate Animals

What to Look for, What to Do…

Biological

Problems

Human Subjects

the project report

The Project “Report”

Display Board Tips & Hints

title
Title

Problem Data Discussion

(tables, graphs,

Hypothesis photos) Conclusion/

Future Action

Materials

Results Abstract

Procedure Bibliography

design
Design
  • Make sure that the science is the focus of the display.
  • The center of the board should draw the observers attention. Place photographs and graphics here.
  • Information should flow from start to finish, going from left to right, top to bottom.
decorating a board
Decorating a Board
  • Be careful with over-fancy lettering and multi-color letters/backgrounds
  • Make sure information contrasts with background
  • Make sure everything can be easily read from a distance
  • Use alargefont
  • Any borders/colors/decorations should enhance the science, not detract from it
project judging
Judges Are…

Industry or academic professionals; or

Graduate/undergraduate students

Science, math, social science, or engineering knowledgeable

Volunteers who enjoy working with students and learning new things!

Judges Do…

Talk with students at depth about their projects

Work in teams to get multiple perspectives of student work

Assess what was learned and assign ranking

Share their knowledge or experiences (clarify misconceptions or give a broader picture)

PROJECT JUDGING
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PROJECT JUDGING

Comments from the Judges’ Chair

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PROJECT JUDGING

Criteria

Creative Ability

Scientific Thought or Engineering Goals

Thoroughness

Skill

Clarity

Teamwork (for teams)

How these criteria are judged can be viewed at the Society for

Science and the Public website at:

http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/isefitems/JudgingGuide.pdf

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PROJECT JUDGING

Category Awards

  • All projects are awarded ribbons relative to the ISEF judging criteria, taking into consideration the grade level of the student, their abilities and their work.
  • Judges are instructed to write comments and/or encouragement on the judges card. These cards are returned to the exhibitors.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
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PROJECT JUDGING

  • The NIRSEF offers nearly 130 Special Awards sponsored by various groups at all levels: Elementary, Junior and Senior
  • Special Awards may be provided through our affiliation with Intel ISEF or by local groups.
  • Special Awards are judged by teams. Group-sponsored awards are frequently judged by members of the sponsoring group.
  • Awards may be certificates, national recognition and/or cash prizes!

Special Awards

potential research opportunities for students

Potential Research Opportunities for Students

Opportunities at Notre Dame:

Nevin Longenecker

Future Opportunities: IVY Tech?

George Twaddle & Jim Powell

putting it all together

Putting It All Together

  • Your Local Fair
  • Which? When? Who?
  • Registering Your School orOrganization
  • Informs us you are coming
  • Allows us to assign space

What Are the Next Steps?

next steps can we help

Next Steps (can we help?)

Gaining Enthusiasm at Your School

Administration

Parents/Guardians

Students

Holding Your Local Fair

Send your winners to Notre Dame!

Science Fair Coordinators pick up paperwork

questions

Questions?

Any Questions for the Committee?

Give Aways…