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The Academy of Science - St.Louis Science Fair


Inquiry-Based Learning at it's Best!

Welcome to the Fair


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Be sure to keep a detailed, day-by-day record of your work on your project.  Start a logbook right away!  Your logbook may be a simple spiral notebook and written in pencil or ink, or you may type it into a word document.  If you type your log entries, print out and assemble into a folder or binder.  You will place your logbook at your project at the Fair. 



Pencil in your name on your logbook, because you will erase your name when entering the fair.  At the Fair, your logbook should not contain your name or those of your partners, or your name of your school, district, or teacher.  You should not have anything in your logbook that could identify you or your school.  Be sure to write your sequence number in your logbook (you will receive your sequence number when you register your project - project registration opens in February).



If you have photographs in your logbook or on your display, you should not be able to identify any people involved.  Students often take photographs of just their hands performing the work, in order to ensure that no faces are visible.  Some students put a round "sticker" or  label over the face in a photo to block the identity.

Sequence Number

Projects going to the Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair at Queeny Park will be assigned a sequence number.  When you register your project, you will receive this number at the end of the on-line registration process - registration opens in February.  Please enter this number on the inside front cover of your notebook, so that if your log should become separated from your project we can put your logbook back with your project.

Summary of Required Safety Forms
ALL Projects (worth 10 points!) need 2020 Safety Form
Projects in Grades 6-12 (fire projects not allowed in lower grades) that involve fire, hazardous materials or bacteria need 2019 Select Division Safety Form 1A
Projects that involve human studies (includes taste-testing) need 2019 Consent Form for Human Studies.


Tips for a Top Quality Log Book


  1. Make sure to write a statement of your problem and your hypothesis.
  2. Carefully hand-write or type (i.e. word doc and print out) your logbook
    1. Note: write in your logbook to record everything you do with your project or type in a word document and print out and place in binder for your log book.
  3. Identify any mistakes by drawing lines drawn through them BUT not erasing them. In this way, the reader can see where you changed your mind, or made a new discovery.  If typing, type in a description of the differences (changes or new discoveries).
  4. Include the results of your trials, if you are doing an experiment.  Be detailed!
  5. Include your thoughts and observations as your research continues.
  6. Include explanations of what you believe your results mean or how you interpreted them.
  7. Include information that you found at the library, on the Internet, or from magazines, etc. that relate to your research and include the titles, authors, date of publication and pages you read or gathered information from.
  8. Review the scoring rubrics.  Make sure that you have all components for a blue ribbon project!
Scoring Rubrics (or score guides)

Review the scoring rubrics (or score guides).  These are the guidelines that the judges will use to judges your projects.  Make sure that you have all the components for a blue ribbon project!




If you have questions, contact your school science teacher. 
If you need further assistance, contact
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Fair Director, Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair 314-533-8291
peggyn (at)


 2016 sf blue ribbon group