Teachers

Elementary & Junior Division Science Fair Form

Grades 5-8

2019 form

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.

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Download Spanish Form

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.

Attention: Senior Division Students

ALL 9th through 12th grade students need to fill out and submit ISEF forms in order to advance to USEF. If you have science fair students in grades 9-12 who are planning on participating in USEF, you should direct them here and have them create an account so they can get this process underway.

Once they are logged into this area, they'll answer a few questions about their project to determine which ISEF forms are required. From there, they can download blank forms, fill them out and then upload them for approval.

ISEF Paperwork

ISEF Rules & Guidelines

International Rules & Guidelines (English)

Other Teacher Resources

Here is the first of a new series of videos we're making to share tips and tricks on how to have a successful science fair. First video: Don't Freak Out.

Science Fair Friday Week 1: Don't Freak Out



Science Fair Friday Week 2: Investigating a Topic

This week we explore how to get kids excited about the science fair and how to guide their brainstorming efforts towards an appropriate and interesting idea.


Here are a few other resources that will make your science fair life a little easier.

Why Participate in Science Fairs?

"Science is a way of knowing, a process for gaining knowledge and understanding of the natural world. The Science Core Curriculum places emphasis on understanding and using skills. Students should be active learners. It is not enough for students to read about science; they must do science. They should observe, inquire, question, formulate and test hypotheses, analyze data, report, and evaluate findings. The students, as scientists, should have hands-on, active experiences throughout the instruction of the science curriculum."

—Utah Science Core Curriculum Introduction

Teacher Workshop Documents

How to select
How to Select a Science Fair Project—Student Assignment Sheets

Tips and a worksheet for selecting an interesting science fair project.

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Quick guide to abstracts
A Quick Guide To Abstracts

Writing a great project abstract is one of the most important things about your project—here's a quick guide on getting it right.

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Display board tips
Display Board Tips

A few tips about your display board.

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Common projects
Projects Often Done by Students

A list of common projects to (please) avoid. Be unique!

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Rubric
Judging Rubric

A scoring sheet for projects.

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Judge spreadsheet
Blank Judging Spreadsheet

A blank scoring spreadsheet for use in school & district fairs.

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Ci projects
Understanding, Grading, and Judging Computer Science Projects

Specific information on how to judge CS projects.

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Science fair basics
Science Fair Basics

An overview of Demonstrations vs. Experiments, The Scientific Method, Engineering Design Process and Grading & Judging.

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Statistics
Statistics for Science Fair Presentation

Slides from the Statistics for Science Fair, Some Basics presentation.

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Statistics cheat sheet
Statistics for Science Fair Cheat Sheet

A good overview of statistics use in science.

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Advanced projects
Getting Projects to the Next Level Presentation

A helpful document for teachers to help their students create the best project they can.

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Intel expectations
Expectations for Intel ISEF Candidates

What judges will look for when deciding if a project is ISEF-worthy.

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Challenging ideas Find a lab Find a researcher Where are they now Tips for success

We've Changed Our Name!

You are in the right spot—we've changed our name from SLVSEF to USEF—The University of Utah Science & Engineering Fair. We are now an official University event! Yay!