Resources

State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida Resources

MLA and APA Formatting and Style Guide
Why Science Fair? (PowerPoint)
Science Fair Research Process (PowerPoint)
SRC Examples 2013 (PowerPoint)
ISEF Roles and Responsibilities of Students and Adults (PowerPoint)
Scientific and Engineering Methods
Why Science Fairs are Important
Teacher’s Guide to Science Projects
Invasive Plants Online Book
Eight Practices of Science and Engineering
Using Simple Statistics to Ensure Science Fair Success
Mini Cases on Choosing Appropriate Statistical Tests for Ecological Data

Presentations at the 2016 Fall Meeting
Statistics for Science Fairs (presented at 2016 Fall Meeting)
Statistics for Science Fairs Cheat Sheet (thanks to Salt Lake Valley SEF)
Florida SSP and STS Overview (presented at 2016 Fall Meeting)
Regeneron STS

These two PowerPoint’s are used with the veteran and new science research teachers in Brevard County.   Feel free to use and adapt to your situation and thank you to Raul Montes, Brevard Mainland RSEF Director. 

Brevard County New Teachers Boot Camp (PowerPoint)
Brevard County Teachers Information (PowerPoint)

Sample Project forms and paperwork (courtesy of Pat Zalo)

Resources Shared at the 2015 Fall Workshop (Sept. 4, 2015)

How Can We Empower Educators To Maximize Authentic Science Learning By Florida Public School Students?  – Ginger Davis’ Presentation
Hints for Special Projects
Logbook Set Up
SRC-IRB Overview for SSEF
Ten Steps for Science Research Process
Use of Tilapia in Science Fair Projects
Vertebrate Projects

Intel ISEF Project Resources

Intel ISEF Rules Wizard – This “wizard” asks a series of questions about your planned project and will provide a list of forms that you need to complete.

2016 Intel ISEF Rules and Guidelines PowerPoint

SRC Rules FAQs – Common questions about our rules and guidelines from our scientific review committee

Overview of Forms and Dates – Provides a brief explanation of each form in the Rules and Regulations, and when it should be completed.

Intel ISEF Project Database – View abstracts from Intel ISEF finalists since 2003

Common Scientific Review Committee (SRC) Problems – Summarizes SRC reviews leading up to the Intel ISEF, with pointers about what NOT to do.

Most Common Reasons for Projects to Fail to Qualify at Intel ISEF – This document summarizes the most common reasons that a project fails to qualify at the Intel ISEF.

Human Participant Risk Assessment Guide – A document to aid your IRBs in making sound decisions for human participant project approvals and permissions needed. 

Intel ISEF Categories and Subcategories – Summarizes the categories and subcategories at Intel ISEF. NOTE: These are not the same categories used at the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida.

Sources of Information for 2015 International Rules and Guidelines – Listing of outside sources of information to supplement the Rules and Guidelines

Intel ISEF Student Handbook – An aid to help in the research process

Science Project Resources

A catalog of science resources that can support your quest to learn and do science

In this section of Student Science you’ll find standards and guidelines that will help you pursue high-quality independent scientific research, whether you’re in middle school or high school, an advanced science student or first-time researcher.

Just Getting Started? Begin with some of these sites designed for the beginning researcher.  We also encourage you to read through our series on Great Science Projects.

  • Pathways to Science Research – If you’re not sure how to get started performing science research, this page will explain some pathways you could take.
  • Internet Public Library  Science Fair Project Guide – A resource guide providing a variety of excellent web resources.
  • Sparticl – A new web and mobile service for teens that collects the best internet resources in STEM.  Sparticl is created by National Productions division of Twin Cities Public Television.
  • Mosaic – An online archive of articles published in the The National Science Foundation’s flagship magazine from 1970 to 1992. A background resource for students, teachers, and others in need of a reliable reference for current research.  
  • Science Buddies – A non-profit organization providing science fair ideas, resources, answers, and tools. Including a Science Fair Project Guide  and an Ask an Expert online bulletin board, staffed by volunteer scientists and top high school students.

Additional interesting science-focused educational resources:

  • The Archimedes Initiative – An effort formed to promote science literacy and increase the number of scientists and engineers in the United States.
  • Intel Education Page – Intel’s listing of education resources for students and teachers
  • The National Science Digital Library – An online library for those interested in education and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • USA Science & Engineering Festival – SSP is proud to have been an Official Partner of the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival held in Washington, D.C. in 2010 and the most recent Festival in 2014 where over 325,000 attended.
  • Computer Science Online:  Educational Resources, Degrees, and Career Tracks
  • Zooniverse: Participate in citizen science projects where anyone can be part of a larger project and learn to collect data.

Great Science Projects: A Series        


Fair Management

Standards and Resources to Support the Management of SSP-Affiliate Fairs

SSP respects the individual nature, character and traditions of each science fair. The diversity of our fairs in the audiences they reach, the territories they cover and their management and organizational structure enriches the global network of science fairs.

However, although we celebrate our differences, fairs also have many elements in common.  It is our goal to create a resource for fairs that will help in the management of their own fairs. 

SSP has begun the dialogue with the Science Fair Standards that have been developed over the last few years with consultation from many fair directors.  In these conversations, it became clear that fairs are eager to share best practices, to learn how others manage common activities – to affirm how they manage or to consider how they might improve.

Beginning with the standards, SSP will continue to gather and share what resources we have.  We are also partnering with the Intel ISEF Advisory Council to ask their aid in soliciting and reviewing documentation from fairs throughout the network to share with the community. 

It is our goal to build a resource that shares the best fair management practices, policies and procedures from around the world built on the spirit of collaboration and community to the betterment of the science fair experience for everyone.

Areas of Interest: 
Science Fair Standards 
Judging 
Committee Training

Committee Training
Workshop Aids to Support SSP-Affiliate Fair’s SRC and D&S Committees

The following resources are intended to support the Scientific Review Committees, Institutional Review Boards and Display & Safety Committees that work at the local, regional and state levels.  They have been created by the Intel ISEF SRC and Intel ISEF D&S Committees to support training that they do at Intel ISEF.  

Operational Guideline for SRC and IRB Review Boards Guidance to SRC and IRBs regarding proper composition and the duties, responsibilities and timelines for each review body. 

SRC 101 Powerpoint – 2014 (PowerPoint)   SRC 101 Powerpoint – 2014 (PDF) This Powerpoint presentation can be a used as a tool in giving workshops on the ISEF Rules and Guidelines. Share with your IRB and SRC members, teachers and any others interested in an overview of the International Rules. (NOTE: This Powerpoint presentation is an outline and is not meant to be used as a replacement of the ISEF Rules and Guidelines document.) 

Checklist for SRC Review  Human Participant Risk Assessment Guide (PDF) A document to aid your IRBs in making sound decisions for human participant project approvals and permissions needed. 

Online Survey Consent Procedures  Suggested procedures to conduct online survey research addressing assent and parental permission.  

Intel ISEF Guidelines for Biosafety Level 1 Self Assessment Checklist This document provides direction on how to assess a laboratory for BSL-1 research.

Intel ISEF Guidelines for Biosafety Level 2 Laboratory Facilities & Operations – A Self- Assessment Safety Checklist This document is intended to aid in assessing whether a laboratory is an appropriate site for conducting BSL-2 studies in locations other than a BSL 2 laboratory in a registered/regulated research institution (e.g. high school laboratory, medical office, diagnostic lab).  

Display & Safety – D&S Inspection Training PowerPoint This PowerPoint was developed to train inspectors and is valuable for any fair D&S committee or for a student to understand what an inspector is reviewing.