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Austin Energy Regional Science Festival February 19 – 22, 2014 Palmer Events Center. Teacher Orientation: Elementary Division Projects:                       1,773 Students:                      2,075 Schools:                       172

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Austin energy regional science festival february 19 22 2014 palmer events center

Austin Energy Regional Science FestivalFebruary 19 – 22, 2014Palmer Events Center

Teacher Orientation:

Elementary Division

Aersf 2013 statistics elementary division

Projects:                       1,773

Students:                      2,075

Schools:                       172

School Districts:           18+

Judges &Volunteers:      over 400 

AERSF 2013 StatisticsElementary Division

Judges volunteers

We ask that you send

1 Judge and 1 Volunteer

for every 10 projects you send from your school.

Judges & Volunteers

Schedule highlights

Deadline to finalize School Registration packet

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, 2014

Schedule Highlights

What s new for 2014

Major Changes This Year:

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 participate

What's New For 2014?

Not new but worth repeating

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!

Restrictions grounds for disqualification

-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


Restrictions – Grounds for Disqualification

Information for participation
Information for Participation Palmer Events Center Garage.

Elementary Division

All documentation is available online in English and Spanish at

Project display safety rules

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

Experiment or exhibit

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 questions

Experiment or Exhibit?

6 th grade project entry

6 Palmer Events Center Grade Elementary students may enter in the Elementary or the Junior Division

6th Grade Project Entry

Maximum project entries

Elementary Division Palmer Events Center Garage. – Based on School’s Student Enrollment

Grades 3–6

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

Junior Division

Grade 6

60 Projects Maximum per School

Maximum Project Entries

Teacher checklist

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

Registration deadline fees

Deadline to Submit Registration Packets: February 06, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.


Student Project Fee $15

School Registration Fee $35

No late entries can be accepted!

Registration Deadline & Fees

What is in a school packet

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 payment

What is in a School Packet?

Special awards

Awards for 2014 to be listed on website later this year. at 5:00 p.m.

2013 Special Awards:

Austin Energy Best Use of Electricity

Austin Energy Best Use of Renewable Energy

Austin Energy Best in Climate Protection

Special Awards

Internet resources

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival at 5:00

Science Fair support – ideas and “how to” for projects

Austin Science Education Foundation– non profit support organization for the regional fair

Internet Resources


[email protected] at 5:00 p.m.

Regional Fair Director

Russell Cowen (512) 972 9532

[email protected]

Austin Science Education Foundation

Ingrid Weigand [email protected]

Advisory Committee Members:

Barbara tenBrink, Chair

SueAnn Decuir

Michele Mann

Lisa Rogers

Ingrid Weigand