Read the Rules for Indiana Elementary and Middle School Science Research and the Dates to Remember documents. Keep these documents handy!
As a teacher, you should log into the registration website as soon as possible. If you need assistance with this, I can help you. Please reach out! The director will send emails periodically with important announcements and fair updates. If you are not in the database, the director cannot send you the information that you need in order to keep you up-to-date.
Spend time with students discussing the types and methods of scientific studies (Rules for Indiana Elementary and Middle School Science Research, pg. 9) as well as prohibited/restricted topics for elementary/junior projects (see Step 4 below). Teams of up to three members are permitted at the Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair.
Approve the project proposal or work with the student to amend the project so that it meets guidelines found in the Rules for Indiana Elementary and Middle School Science Research document. For the Elementary/Junior Division, some research topics are not permitted or are allowed with restrictions. If you have any questions or concerns about the eligibility or safety of project proposals, please contact the Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please remember the safety of the experimenter and the community must always be a priority and are the responsibility of the teacher and parent to monitor.
For more information regarding projects involving human subjects, see page 5 of the Rules for Indiana Elementary and Middle School Science Research document.
Experimentation begins! Don't forget to emphasize the importance of keeping a logbook. Their logbooks should contain a dated account of everything that concerns the project. Students should keep detailed notes, original observations, and data from the experiment in the logbook. Judges at the Tri-state Science and Engineering Fair will be looking for these at their exhibits! In order to meet fair registration deadlines, you should aim for projects to be completed by February 1st.
Assist students in writing abstracts. Abstracts are very important during the judging process. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words. The abstract should include the following: a) purpose of the experiment, b) procedure, c) data, d) and conclusions. (Example)
Register your students for the Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair. You will need to enter each of your exhibiting students' names and non-school generated email addresses into your registration account. Each student will be given a login username and password. Teams of up to three members are permitted.
Students enter project information. Students should use the username and password assigned to them to log into the registration system. They will be prompted to select a category and enter their project information, including their abstracts.
Behaviors and Social Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Energy: Physical and Chemical
Medicine and Health Sciences
Microbiology and Molecular/Cellular Biology
Physics and Astronomy
Robotics, Computers, and Systems Software
Assist students in writing a research paper. See page 9 of Rules for Indiana Elementary and Middle School Science Research for details about the research paper. Although a research paper is optional for the Tri-State Science and Engineering Fair, it is required in order to compete at the Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair.
Create a display board or presentation for judging. More information regarding judging is forthcoming and will be determined by decisions informed by local, state, and national guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
It's fair time! The fair director will send you a student schedule for judging after registration ends. Judging will take place during the month of March. A definitive schedule for judging will be released when details are decided. Don't forget to ask your students to practice discussing their projects and answering questions. Our judges come back year after year because they love interacting with children about their ideas and research! They live for this stuff!
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