The Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair
Inquiry-Based Learning at it's Best!
Welcome to the Fair
March 3-4, 2017
Open to students in Grades 9-12 who live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County.
Students who have completed advanced-level research opt in with teacher approval.
- Showcase your research to PhD’s, MD’s and professionals in the science field and experience authentic science research
- Close to $50,000 in scholarships and awards each year.
- Add to your college application or resume: “Honors Division-Semi-Finalist,” “Honors Division Finalist” or “ISEF Finalist.”
- A chance to place in the top two with a designation of ISEF Finalist with an all-expense paid trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
- Prepare for college and professional poster presentations and become a “college-ready STEM-capable” student.
- Improve test scores with science literacy and scientific method experience
- Meet like-minded teens.
Registration is easy! Students register independently.
To register, student needs to submit all completed forms (see below).
Be sure safety forms are signed before you begin your research.
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017 by midnight - all forms need to be completed/signed and received by the Academy of Science – St. Louis
|What forms do I need to register?|
To determine the forms that you need, click here for “forms wizard”
In addition to the ISEF forms (be sure to include your research plan) from the “forms wizard“, all students need to complete:
2017 Honors Division entry application
2017 Media and Photo Release
Submit all required completed/signed forms together by February 3, 2017.
Q. Will I be disqualified if I misunderstood and miss sending in a form?
A. No, we will review each students paperwork (it will take a few days), and will e-mail you if you are missing any paperwork. You can then complete, scan and send in.
|Three ways to send in your registration forms (choose one):|
SCAN AND E-MAIL: You may scan forms and e-mail to peggyn (at) academyofsciencestl.org
- (Note: scan forms and save as a PDF, do NOT take a photo of the form- photos of forms will not be accepted) Must be RECEIVED by February 3, 2017.
- DROP OFF: Drop of at Academy office during regular business hours at 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 (Note: if dropping off the forms, call Peggy James Nacke at 314-533-8291 to set up your drop-off time). Must be RECEIVED by February 3, 2017.
- MAIL: Send U.S. Mail to: Academy of Science – St. Louis, Attention: Peggy James Nacke, 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110. Must be RECEIVED by February 3, 2017. (Note: if mailing, notify peggyn (@) academyofsciencestl.org that you are mailing your forms)
- Be sure to obtain signatures early, some professionals are unavailable during part of December and January.
- Signed/Approved and properly date forms (identify date as first verbal/written approval).
- HELPFUL: ISEF has a Rules Wizard which you can use to determine what forms you need to fill out BEFORE you start your science project.
|Honors Division Dates & Location|
Friday, March 3, 2017
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Project Drop off
It will just take a couple of minutes to drop off your project. It is recommended that the student drops off the project to become familiar with the facility; however, project may be dropped off by parent or a friend.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:00 am Judges arrive – preview of projects and judge instructions
8:30 am Students arrive
9:00 am – 11:30 am – Judging
11:30 am – Noon – lunch provided
Noon – 4:30 (approximate time) – Finalists judging
Missouri Botanical Garden Commerce Bank Education Building
(Corner of Shaw and Kingshighway)
Note: This is not at the Main Garden. It is down the street and across from O'Connell's Pub
Click here for MAP
The Honors Division of the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair is a collegiate level research studies competition for Grades 9-12 by students living in St. Louis City or St. Louis County (public/private/parochial/home school).
Each project must cover research done over a maximum of 12 continuous months between January 2016 and February 2017. Note: if student is continuing a research project from the previous year, Form 7 (Continuation Projects Form) must be submitted and approved. A continuation project needs to have components that make it new and different from the previous research. Complete this form with new research plan and new abstract.
Individuals or Teams
Students may compete as individuals or as teams of 2 students. Both students in a team need to be enrolled in St. Louis City or St. Louis County Schools (public/private/parochial/home) and live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County.
- Students enrolled in St. Louis City or St. Louis County Schools (public/private/parochial/home school) in Grades 9-12 self-select in with teacher recommendation.
- Students need to live in St. Louis City or St. Louis County. (Note: students residing in counties outside of St. Louis need to participate in the science fairs in their region. For example, St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, Franklin and Jefferson Counties need to participate in the Science Fairs in their region. Students in Illinois need to participate in the Illinois Science Fairs.
- Students need to have a science teacher from their school sponsor participation in the Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair – Honors Division
- Teacher Sponsor will review safety requirements and required forms to make sure students comply. For Teacher Recommendation, teacher signs the Honors Entry Application.
- For the Honors Division, the school does NOT need to register (the school does need to register for K-12 Fair held at Queeny Park).
- Students register individually (or as a team of 2) to compete in the Honors Division
Projects for the Honors Division are judged by scientists from Monsanto and other local scientific and educational institutions. Judging Rubrics: use scoring rubrics as a guide as you develop your project.
Judging: Morning Round I - will consist of three 20 minute interviews. Judges will work in teams but will score independently. This is your time to explain your project to the judges. Judges may ask questions. At the end of the 20 minute round, time will be called before the next round of interviews begins. There will be a few minutes between each round.
Judging: Final Round - top 10 students will present their projects to an interdisciplinary panel of judges, one-at-a time (students will present in alpha order by last name). Students will have up to 15 minutes to present their projects which will include questions from judges. Note: entire presentation including questions/answer period will not exceed 15 minutes per project - ideally broken down to a 10 minute presentation allowing for 5 minutes of questions from the judges. For the afternoon round, keep in mind that there will be about 25 judges (usually sitting classroom style) listening to you describe your project.
Your strength in both rounds is to be able to talk about your project explaining your hypothesis, your procedures and outcome and what you learned.
|Display and Log Book|
Place your display (poster) at the Honors Division on Friday, March 3rd between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Your display (poster) is a visual representation of your research. Poster should be able to "stand alone" and can be purchased at most office supply stores (i.e. cardboard tri-fold). If you choose to use a flat display on a tri-pod, the student needs to supply the tripod and the display needs to fit into the space of a six foot table.
Students are encouraged to bring their logbook which shows the progress of their research from beginning to end. A research paper is acceptable, but not required. Powerpoint presentations and hand-outs are NOT allowed.
Judges will be viewing your project before you arrive on Saturday. Be sure your display and log book is a clear depiction of your research.
All projects in the Honors Division must adhere to rules set forth by the Intel International science and Engineering Fair and the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair. Be sure to read and abide by the rules.
Some projects (human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents) may need approval by a Scientific Review Committee or Institutional Review Board (if you are working in an institutional lab, your mentor will sign as the SRC/IRB; if you are working in school, you teacher will sign as the SRC/IRG) prior to experimentation. Additionally, all forms will be reviewed and signed by the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair SRC after we have received completed forms.
Click in the ISEF (Intel Science and Engineering Fair) forms wizard. The Rules Wizard has been designed as a first step to help you determine what forms and approvals are necessary before beginning your science fair project.
The top 2 students from the Honors Division will be given the opportunity to represent the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) with expenses paid, or may opt for scholarship award instead! ISEF will be held in Los Angeles, California, from May 14-19, 2017. These students will have the opportunity to meet scientists, engineers, and mathematicians from all over the world.
The top 10 Honors Division students will receive scholarships of up to $1,000 each (note, teams will share their award).
Additionally, all Honors Division students are invited to bring their projects to the K-12 Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair in April to compete for additional scholarships and awards
Click here for helpful links.