Project Guidelines

The WNY Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held on March 24, 2018 at Cheektowaga Central High School.
These Project Guidelines may be printed for reference.

  1. Forms

A.  ENTRY FORM – Complete the online registration by February 23, 2018. Send in the signed safety checklist and waiver with entry fee by March 2, 2018 to complete your registration.  How to complete the online registration form will provide explanation.
Have the following items ready before you start the online form:
–>Information for each student:  full name (correct spelling), phone number, age and grade as of September 2017, citizenship
–>Title of project and hypothesis
–>Area of science
–>(Gr 9-12) Student’s decision whether or not to be considered for the international Intel ISEF competition
–>Name/email/phone of sponsor (usually a teacher, but might also be a Scout Leader, Science Mentor, parent, etc)
and organization address and phone#
–>Knowledge about project display:  electricity, laser use, specialized equipment

B.  BIOLOGICAL PROJECTS FORM If your project uses humans, animals, mold, fungi, bacteria or viruses, please complete the form and submit it by March 2, 2018.

C.  SAFETY CHECKLIST – must be completed by all participants. Participants must sign and mail the safety checklist by March 2, 2018. A Safety Inspector will inspect your entry and stamp your safety checklist form. Your project needs this stamp in order to be judged.
Mail to:  WNY Science Congress, Inc. / Registration
PO Box 225
Cheektowaga, NY  14225

2.  Space, Size, and Display Boards
A.  The MAXIMUM table display area is 75cm x 75cm.
B.  Use sturdy free standing regular (4 ft.) or taller displays that won’t fall over.
C.  DO NOT put your school’s name, or any awards earned previously on your display board.
D.  Display boards should include the: Title, Hypothesis, Materials/Equipment, Procedures, Experiment Data, Analysis, and Conclusion.

3.  Judging
A.  Judges use a standardized rubric to assist in their scoring.
B.  Please use these presentation tips to prepare for judging.
C.  Awards are presented according to science fields on the recommendation of the Judges.

4.  Guidelines
A.  Project entries are for grades 5-12.
B.  Students may enter individually or as a team of 2. Students in Grades 5-6 can form a mixed team but may not team with a student from a higher grade level. Likewise, 2 students within grades 7-8 can form a team and 2 students within grades 9-12 can form a team.
C.  Fill out the entry form accurately and obtain the necessary signatures.
D.  The use of the Scientific Method is required.
E.  Show your originality, creativity, scientific knowledge and curiosity.
F.  Students should not memorize facts but instead have a thorough understanding of the subject area and principles surrounding their project.
G.  Students are required to stay with their projects until they have been judged.
H.  All projects are required to remain on display until 1:30 P.M. for public viewing.  Prior removal of projects may affect the
awarding of medallions and monetary awards.
I.  Judges expect to see that the student has done the work on the project. Parents/Sponsors may advise, encourage, inspire, and demonstrate a task, but students must do the work themselves.

5.  Abstracts  (included in the online registration)
An abstract is a Project Summary of not more than 250 words or 2-3 sentences for each question.
A.  Project Title
B.  Introduction (What is the project about and why did you do it?)
C.  Methods (How did you do your project?)
D.  Results (What happened when you did your experiment?)
E.  Conclusions (What did you learn from your experiment? What do your results mean?)