Frequently Asked Questions - Preparing for an NWSES Fair

Formulating the ideas for a project can happen at anytime, however for High School students EXPERIMENTATION CANNOT begin until the appropriate forms are filled out. Also, research must be completed in a one year period. For any projects hoping to compete at the International fair we recommend using the second week in May as your end date. For Middle School students using the NWSES Middle School Rules, experimentation can begin at anytime.

For more: NWSES Rulebook

Middle School Rules

Yes, but students will be judged only on the most recent year's research. Additional rules apply to projects continued from a previous year.

For more: NWSES Rulebook

At a minimum, a parent of a high school student must sign a form (1B) giving their approval of the project BEFORE experimentation/data collection starts. Any further role for the parent depends on the student, the parent and the project. Parents can also be adult sponsors or mentors depending on their area of expertise. There is always a concern that the project is the parent's, not the student's. The most important thing is that the student is learning science and engineering problem solving.  Judges will look for the total creative input of the student.  In all cases, the student should understand and be able to discuss all aspects of the project. Projects that are so technical that creative input and understanding aren't possible for the particular student really aren't appropriate.

You must submit your abstract by the due date. At the end of your abstract, make note that you are not done collecting data and therefore have no results at this time. As your abstract is the first thing that the judges see this might be a disadvantage, but it is better than not having an abstract for judges to preview.

For more: Look for Abstracts under Parts of the Exhibit

Look carefully at the list of subcategories under each category.

Which type of judge will best understand your project?

Think of five “key words” that are important to the project. These key words should relate to a category and subcategory.

You can also ask advice from the fair director. When we conduct our SRC review, the reviewer may make category suggestions if needed.

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