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High School Fair:

Schools in Region  |   Rules & Regulations  |   Registration Forms
Dates & Deadlines  |   Sample Score Card  |   Fair Day Information

How to Enter:

The Worcester Regional Science & Engineering Fair encourages scientifically talented Worcester area high school (9-12) students to enter the annual fair held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It is not necessary for a school to hold its own science fair in order to enter the Regional Fair. Students involved in research or independent study projects may enter directly. Each school may send up to twelve (12) projects to the regional fair each year. Students must inform and consult with their science teacher and school before beginning a science research project.

The science fair provides an invaluable experience for students to present their work and share ideas with others. Science inquiry and research are also part of the Massachusetts Science Curriculum Frameworks.

The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (Team or Individual) Student Checklist (1A), Research Plan, Approval Form (1B), and Checklist for Teacher (1) must be completed and submitted for each project. Students can access these forms and other forms necessary for restricted areas of research by using the  MSSEF Online Wizard (SEFOS) This wizard-like software will lead students through the account application process and generate the forms needed for the project. The students will then need to complete the forms, obtain signatures and then upload the forms to their SEFOS account.  

The Scientific Review Committee (SRC) must review and approve the project before the experiment can begin. The SRC will review projects as they are submitted, but make note of the deadlines.

Projects chosen to enter the Regional Fair must submit a Registration Form (Team or Individual) and a Media Release Form to the Region 2 High School Chair by the deadline.

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Schools in Region:

Central Massachusetts public, private, parochial, charter, and home schools in the following cities and towns may submit projects to the Worcester Regional Science & Engineering Fair:

  • Ashburnham
  • Ashland
  • Athol
  • Auburn
  • Barre
  • Berlin
  • Blackstone
  • Bolton
  • Boylston
  • Brimfield
  • Charlton
  • Clinton
  • Douglas
  • Dudley
  • East Brookfield
  • Fitchburg
  • Framingham
  • Gardner
  • Grafton
  • Hardwick
  • Harvard
  • Holden
  • Holland
  • Holliston
  • Hopedale
  • Hopkinton
  • Hubbardston
  • Hudson
  • Lancaster
  • Leicester
  • Leominster
  • Lunenberg
  • Marlborough
  • Maynard
  • Mendon
  • Milford
  • Millbury
  • Millville
  • New Braintree
  • Northborough
  • Northbridge
  • North Brookfield
  • Oakham
  • Oxford
  • Paxton
  • Phillipston
  • Princeton
  • Rutland
  • Shrewsbury
  • Southborough
  • Southbridge
  • Spencer
  • Sterling
  • Stow
  • Sturbridge
  • Sudbury
  • Sutton
  • Templeton
  • Upton
  • Uxbridge
  • Wales
  • Warren
  • Webster
  • Westborough
  • West Boylston
  • West Brookfield
  • Westminster
  • Whitinsville
  • Winchendon
  • Worcester

Regional High Schools:

  • Algonquin
  • Assabet Valley
  • Bay Path
  • Blackstone-Millville
  • Lincoln-Sudbury
  • Montachusett
  • Narragansett
  • Nashoba
  • Nipmuc
  • Oakmont
  • Quabbin
  • Quaboag
  • Shepherd Hill
  • South Middlesex
  • Tahanto
  • Tantasqua
  • Wachusett

Rules and Regulations:

The Worcester Regional Science & Engineering Fair (WRSEF) is affiliated with the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) and the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF). Therefore, the WRSEF must adhere to the rules and regulations of the MSSEF, ISEF and all applicable State/Local Laws.

Rules and Guidelines specifically for WRSEF High School Fair

General Standards

  1. Students may enter projects on any scientific, mathematical, or engineering subject. The exhibitor must be in grades 9-12 in any public, private, or parochial charter or home school in the Worcester Regional District. No distinction by grade is made in judging or granting awards. Projects may be the work of an individual student or a team. (See Team projects 6.0).
  2. The actual notebook used in the process of doing experimental work must be an integral part of every project exhibit. Only bound notebooks are acceptable. If a team project, both members must keep a separate notebook.
  3. No wall space will be available. Posters must be self-supporting. Participants must bring their own grounded extension cords, power strips, and tape.
  4. All projects will be inspected for safety hazards and compliance with the display rules and participants will be required to modify their exhibits where safety precautions necessitate. Photographs or videos of demonstrations are preferable to actual demonstrations.
  5. Form (1C) and/or a Form (7) must be displayed in stand up acrylic fames if required for the project.
  6. Display lighting is not permitted. 
  7. Students are required to be at their projectes throughout the safty checks and judging process.

Structural Standards & Safety

  1. The entire display must be confined to a maximum space of 76 cm (30 in) deep x 122 cm (48in) wide x 274 cm (9 ft) high from the floor. Oversize projects will not be accepted. Fire laws prohibit occupying aisle space. All parts of the exhibit must be structurally sound and constructed of durable materials.

Biological Standards and Safety

  1. No living organisms may be exhibited. Dissected animals or parts of animals (except teeth, hair, nails, and dried animal bones) may not be exhibited
  2. No microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria and fungi may be exhibited. Hypodermic needles, syringes, razor blades or syringes may not be brought to or displayed at the Fair.

Electrical  and Fire Standards and Safety

  1. All switches and cords for 110-volt operation must be of an approved variety. Each 110-volt single-phase operation must be provided with 180 cm or more grounded cord and the standard size grounded plug.
  2. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) are required for all displays requiring electricity.
  3. Exposed wires, switches, joints and not-insulated fasteners are not permitted..
  4. Antenna lines and long leads cannot be used.
  5. Wet-cell batteries with open tops are not permitted.
  6. Open flames, including torches and burners or anything deemed to be a fire or burn hazard, are not allowed.
  7. Pressurized gase are not allowed.

Chemical Standards and Safety

  1. Chemicals(liquids or solids) and instruments containing chemicals (such as mercury themometers) may not be displayed.  (Water and saline are the exceptions.)
  2. Open flames may not be displayed.
  3. Glass containers are not allowed.
  4. Drugs, over-the-counter medications, antbiotics and vitamins may not be displayed.

Team Projects

  1. Teams should consist of no more than three students. Each team member should be fully involved in the project. and should be equally engaged in conversations with judges.
  2. Team projects will be evaluated using the same rules and judging criteria as individual projects.
  3. Team projects are eligible for awards at the Regional Fair and can compete in the State Fair.

Logistics

  1. Participants should remain at their exhibits until notified that judging has been completed.
  2. The Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair and WPI will not be responsible for articles lost or stolen.
  3. Non-compliance with any rules of the Fair is cause for disqualification of the exhibitor.
  4. For questions or information Contact Us
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Registration Forms:

To register for the Worcester Regional Science & Engineering Fair (grades 9-12) students must fill out either a Team or Individual registration form and a Media Release for each team member and these need to be submitted.to the WRSEF (Region II) chair by midnight March 3. 2017

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Dates and Deadlines:

The following dates and deadlines are for the 2017 High School Science Fair. These dates are firm and will be updated if inclement weather forces changes.

Scientific Review Committee (SRC) Deadlines:

Friday, December 2, 2016: Forms for SRC approval prior to experimentation must be submitted to the Regional SRC for approval before winter break.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Last deadline for submission of forms for approval prior to experimentation.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017: SRC meets to review all forms submitted.

High School Fair Deadlines:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017: Schools submit estimates of number of projects planning to attend the fair to the Chair of WRSEF

Wednesday, March 3, 2017: Schools submit final number of projects planning to attend the fair to the Chair of WRSEF

Friday, March 3, 2017: All registrations and media releases must be in the hands of the Regional Fair Chair by midnight on this date.

Friday, March 10, 2017 FAIR DAY at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 7:30 am to 6:30 pm


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Sample Score Card:

High School Fair

  • Technical Approach/Method (25-50pts)
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  • Science Project:
  • Documented literature review
  • Clear statement of reseach question/hypothesis
  • Systematic experimental method and adequate controls
  • Significant numbers of samples or observations
  • Application of quantitative and/or statistical tests
  • Logical and well supported conclusions
  • Consideration of possible future research
  • Engineering Project:
  • Identified specific need or problem
  • Development of clear performance criteria
  • Sufficient preliminary designs
  • Well constructed and tested prototype
  • Statistically analyzed and documented results
  • Retesting and redesign
  • Consideration of feasibility

Score: _________


  • Innovation/Creativity: (10-20pts)
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  • Originality of work
  • Adding to the current body of knowledge
  • Use of unique methods, designs or materials

Score: _________


 
           Oral Presentation & Team Work *(5-20pts)
  • Clarity of oral presentation (0-5pts)
  • Knowledgeof subject matter (5-10pts)
  • Effectiveness of visual display (0-5pts)
  • * Articulated contribution by each team member

 

Score: _________


  • Laboratory Notebook (one per team member)  (0-10pts)
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  • Well documented organized entries
  • Careful observations and reflections
  • Dated entries and adequate references

Score: _________


 
 

 

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Fair Day Information:

Please note that the following information is for students, teachers, parents, and schools that have properly submitted registration materials and approved research plans in accordance with the rules of WRSEF.

A Day at the Worcester Regional Science Engineering Fair

What You Can Expect

Welcome to the Worcester Regional Science Fair! Below is a description of the events that will occur today.

Registration

Between 7:30 am and 8:30 am is registration. As you enter the WPI Campus Center, you will proceed to the Odeum on the second floor. You will check in at the registration desk, where you will be assigned a project number and be directed to your space.. You will then set up your display. Help yourself to bottled water as needed that is located just outside the exhibit hall, it is important that you remain hydrated throughout the day. Should you have any questions, please speak to someone at the registration desk.

Safety Check

At 8:00 am members of the regional science fair safety committee will walk around the exhibit area and perform safety checks. Be aware that no glassware is allowed in the exhibition hall. Living organisms or dissected animals or parts of animals (except teeth, hair, nails, and dried animal bones) may not be exhibited. No bacterial cultures or other microorganisms can be exhibited. Hypodermic needles or syringes may not be brought to or displayed at the Fair. The only chemicals allowed are water and saline. Complete copies of the "Rules and Regulations" are available at the registration desk, should you have any questions.

If your project included human subjects, all of the signed "Informed Consent Form" should be in an envelope at your project to be shown only to Fair Officials. If you worked in an institutional/industrial setting, Form (1C) must be displayed in a stand-up acrylic frame during judging. . If you did a continuation project Form (7) must be displayed in a stand-up acrylic frame during judging.

Judging

At about 9:00am the judging will begin. Only students and judges are allowed in the hall at this time. Judges are assigned throughout the day to ensure that five judges visit each project. Judges are asked to spend no more than 20 minutes with each project, so try to focus on the important steps in your project. The judges will ask questions about your project and review your notebook(s). Make sure each judge signs the judge record card before leaving the project. Judging continues until 1:30pm. Once you have been judged 6 times please return your Judge Record Card to the Registration desk.

Lunch

You will go to lunch in two shifts according to the time on your lunch ticket. If you are being judged when the lunch times are announced please finish talking to that judge before leaving. The first lunch is at 11:30 and the second is at 12:00. DO NOT exchange lunch tickets with other students! Lunch is held in the WPI cafeteria in Morgan Hall located diagonally across from the Campus Center. Be sure to check out all the food options before making your unlimited selections! Please try to limit your lunch break to 30 minutes, especially if you have not been judged five times.

Family and Friends Time

Judging should be completed by 1:30 pm. Please notify someone at the registration desk if you have not had 5 judges by 1:30 pm. The exhibit hall is open to the public from 1:30 to 4:45 pm. This is when your family, friends, and teachers can visit the fair and talk with the exhibitors. Sometimes WPI students and faculty stop by to view the projects also.

Afternoon Activity

During the afternoon, several events are planned. If you have a creative and artistic side to your brain, you can submit a design for next year's science fair booklet. There is a monetary gift for the design selected. There are self-guided tours of the WPI campus (must be accompanied by a parent/adult). Plan to be present when the raffle prizes are awarded shortly after 2:00pm. The WPI bookstore located on the first floor of the campus center has some WPI souvenirs for you to purchase. There is also a Dunkin Donuts on the first floor of the Campus Center ready and willing to serve your appetite and thirst. There will be a math puzzle for you to complete and submit for a raffle drawing also. First Robotics is happening on campus and you may choose to visit that event. Keep track of your belongings when you leave your "spot" as WPI and WRSEF are not responsible for any losses.

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will begin at 5:00 pm in Alden Hall with an interesting keynote address. The awards ceremony wraps up at approximately 6:00 pm. At this time, return to the Campus Center exhibit hall and pack up your project. All display boards need to be taken home. Please leave your area clean and neat and dispose of any trash.

Congratulations to all who entered... you represent the best of Central Massachusetts!!