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Northern Illinois Regional Science Fair - Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois


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  1. Each project must be related to an area of science. Unacceptable example: Surveying neighbors’ choices of laundry detergent. No science is involved. Acceptable experiment project: “Which laundry detergent removes grease best?”
  2. Each project will be classified by grade level and then into one of the following categories:
  1. A contestant may enter one exhibit only. Teachers and parents may advise, but must not build any part of the exhibit or write any of  the report*. K – 3rd may require a parent to write or type captions on their display boards, but the student should help in the wording. Please use discretion. K – 3rd must perform all other work on the display board themselves, as well as the exhibit.
  2. Projects must be freestanding and should measure 36 x 48 inches. (There are 3-sided prefab boards are available at most office supply stores which are sufficient.)
  3. Electrical power strips and cords needed for exhibits must be approved by NIRSF. Once approved, the exhibitor will be responsible for bringing all necessary equipment and for safety, and will be required to use duct tape to secure it.
  4. The following are prohibited: dangerous chemicals, open flames, explosives, or animal experiments that involve starvation or any form of cruelty. NIRSF reserves the right to refuse display of an exhibit that is deemed inappropriate. PLEASE be sure to include any information regarding special materials on the registration form and/or contact us by email with questions. ilregionalsciencefair@gmail.com
  5. Call us for details on approval for animal experimentation. We will not allow animals to be brought into the science fair, however, you may take videos and pictures of the animals to add to your display.
  6. NIRSF, its representatives and sponsors, and the fair location, its representatives and affiliates, assume no responsibility for loss or damage to any person, exhibit, or any part thereof.
  7. All exhibitors must submit a display (board and exhibit of work done), a written report*, and a journal*.
  8. The title and headings can be handwritten, stenciled or typed. Labeling, captions, and explanations may be typed or handwritten. Journals* must be handwritten. (The journal is a log or a diary of a student’s progress on their project. Use a journal or spiral notebook.) Reports* written by 7th and up must be typed, but 6th and under can chose to type or hand write it. Typed material should use fonts that are easily read. No Clip Art within body of text.
  9. Report* must contain: Title; Table of contents; Introduction (including why picked, research, and hypothesis or what hope to learn); Details on project (includes how being done, what happened, and final outcome of experiment, model, demonstration, or collection); Discussion (vocabulary page if needed, followed by discussion of the results – tie research with what happened); Conclusion (what learned); References. NOTE: 9th - 12th grade students will be required to include a 1-page abstract following their table of contents.
  11. Failure to follow these rules will result in point deductions and possible disqualification.
  12. NIRSF reserves the right to amend these rules or make additional binding rulings as events warrant.
  13. Due to lack of interest the team division has be terminated for this fair. We will consider bringing it back in the future if there is considerable interest.

*A report & a journal (a daily progress diary of project) are required for 7th grade and up, but are optional for 4th - 6th. Students in 4th-6th will receive points for any reports or journals which are included with the project. No points will be deducted from any student in 4th - 6th who submits a project without this additional information.

Copyright Karen Garza/ Texas Regional Science Fair
/ Dawn Boyer/ NIRSF Science Fair 2016

Science Fair Rules
(This is pages 5-6 of the Registration Forms packet, in Downloads.)

We truly want students’ projects prepared from their desire to learn and to convey what they have discovered about God’s creation through their investigations and research.

We are not looking for the student who can dazzle the judges with pizzazz, or the best computer generated or “boardroom ready” exhibit. We ARE looking for learning and knowledge gained through truly applying oneself, and for students that have done their best handiwork, and projects with the appearance that a student prepared them.

Our goal is for each student to truly gain new insight into the world God has created.