It's that time of year again! Time to start thinking about your science fair project! Yipee!
We've seen many amazing things happen in science & technology this year. Crazy-cool stuff! So, first things first: figure out what you are going to do for your science fair project. Hint: make sure it's something you really care about and are excited about. Here are a few interesting project ideas we came up with.
All students participating in USEF need to fill out a set of paperwork in order to participate. It is extremely important that this paperwork be done correctly and on time. Elementary & Junior Division students (grades 5-8) have different paperwork requirements than the Senior Division students (grades 9-12). Here's an overview of what each needs to submit:
Elementary & Junior Division students (Grades 5-8) need to fill out and return a registration form to their teachers. To make it easy, we've updated this form so you can fill it out & sign using without printing it first.
Here are a few video tutorials on how to sign your PDFs digitally. Note to Firefox users: the PDF reader built into Firefox does not allow you to fill in the PDF electronically, but you can download and use Adobe Acrobat.
All senior division students are required to complete an important set of documents for your project. This is no easy task, and must be done correctly and on time—you should get started today!
To assist students with this process, we created a section of our site that allows you to find out what forms you need for your particular project and download them. When you've finished filling them out & gathered any signatures you need, you can then upload them to the same site and our staff will review them for accuracy and completeness. If there are any errors or omissions, we'll help you fix those.
To further assist Senior Division students with this paperwork, we made a few videos explaining how to properly fill out this paperwork & common mistakes to avoid. You can view those here:
Once the paperwork above is filled out, and you've won your district fair, you can register your project for USEF. Students who place at their district fair will be given a special username & password so you can register their projects online.
USEF fee schedule is as follows:
|Early Bird Registration||January 28 through February 8th||$25 per student|
|On-Time Registration||February 9th through February 15th||$30 per student|
|Late Registration||February 16th through February 18th||$35 per student|
|Registration Closes February 18th, 2019 at midnight MST|
Note: Registration will close at midnight MST on Monday, February 18, 2019. No registrations for any reason will be accepted after that date. Fees shown are per-student. For example, an individual student project registering on or before February 8th, 2019 (Early Bird) will be $25, a team of two registering in the same time frame will pay $50 and a team project of three students will pay $75. The team captain (the person who fills out the registration form) is responsible for paying the registration fee for the entire team. (He or she can collect the registration fee(s) from the other team members later)
Fee waivers are available for students who cannot afford the registration fee. Students must register on time to receive the fee waiver. Students registering late (on or after February 16th) will not be eligible for a fee waiver.
Do you want to make the science fair even better? We'd love to have you on a special Student Advisory Board. Learn more & apply here.
The University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair (USEF) is one of seven Regional Science Fairs in the State of Utah. If you are in 5th-12th grade attending a private, public, charter or parochial school in the Salt Lake, Tooele, Granite, Park City, Canyons or Murray School District, you are eligible to compete at USEF.
You must first compete and win at your school and/or district science fair to advance to USEF. When you win at your school / district fair, you will be given a special certificate with instructions on how to register for USEF. If your school does not hold a science fair, please contact Jody to discuss options for you to participate.
A science fair project is an exciting thing! Pick a topic and ask a question! It's that easy! Any topic that interests you can be turned into a science fair project. Airplanes? Roller blades? Fish? Dogs? Baseball? All involve science or engineering. Formulate a hypothesis!
Enlist the help of your English and Math teachers as well as your Science teachers. Your English teacher can help you with putting together your background research paper and writing up your notebook and display board. Your Math teacher can help with the planning of experiments and analysis of data.
Be creative with your subject and project. Experiment with different concepts and ideas—the more innovative you are the better.
Our Student Advisory Board wrote a helpful guide giving their insight into participating in USEF. It includes tips & advice for how to choose a project, keeping a journal, making a great display board, and a review of the judging process.
The guide was written by Mirae Parker, Michelle Wei, Bovey Rao, Naveen Rathi, Brandon Cui, and Nityam Rathi, who were all members of the 2013-2014 Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair Student Advisory Board.
(subject to change for 2018)
Box lunches will be served during the fair. We'll deliver box lunches between 11:00 am and Noon so you can eat them whenever you get hungry. There are three choices including one vegan / gluten free option. All lunches are nut- free. You will choose which lunch you want when registering your project.
Students and parents often wonder how projects are judged at USEF. You can read all about that process here.