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Welcome to the North Central Region 5 NCSEF

About Our Fair

Dear Region 5 Districts, Orientation information can be found at http://bit.ly/2020Reg5Orientation. For additional information please email Judy Day at reg5director@ncsciencefair.org. The Region V Fair will be held in February 2021 virtually. Elementary Categories Projects are not divided into categories. Elementary Projects will be judged with outstanding projects receiving an "Exemplary Project" medal.

Junior and Senior Categories

Categories are:

  • Biological Science A
  • Biological Science B
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Environmental Science
  • Physics and Mathematics
  • Technology
  • Engineering.
  • Category Descriptions Great care should be taken in selecting the category for competition that best matches the project. The following descriptions should be of assistance in making the most appropriate decisions for Elementary, Junior and Senior Projects. Download a complete list of topics in each category and see detailed descriptions of the ISEF categories on the ISEF web site. Elementary students will be divided into categories this year to assist in virtual review and judging. Biological Science A

    • Animal Sciences
    • Plant Sciences
    • Microbiology
    Biological Science B
    • Behavioral and Social Sciences
    • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
    • Cellular & Molecular Biology
    • Biomedical and Health Sciences
    Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    Earth & Environmental Sciences
    • Earth & Environmental Sciences
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Energy: Chemical and Physical
    Physics & Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Astronomy
    • Mathematics
    Engineering
    • Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
    • Engineering Mechanics
    • Material Science
    Technology
    • Embedded Systems
    • Robotics & Intelligent Machines
    • Systems Software
    Judging Criteria for Science Projects

    I. Research Question (10 pts) - clear and focused question that identifies a contribution to the field of study that is testable using scientific methods

    II. Design and Methodology (15 pts) -well designed plan and data collection methods, variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete

    III. Execution: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20 pts) - systematic data collection and analysis, reproducibility of results, appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods, sufficient data collected to support interpretation and conclusions

    IV. Creativity (20 pts) - The questions asked are student initiated and original; the approach to solving the problem is creative, equipment is creatively used or had to be made/modified; interpretation of the data shows creative and original thinking by student

    V. Presentation (35 pts) a. Poster (10 pts) logical organization of material, clarity of graphics and legends, supporting documentation displayed b. Interview (25 pts) student provides clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions demonstrates understanding of basic science relevant to project, demonstrates understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions demonstrates independence in conducting project recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics, student is curious about ideas for further research, for team projects: all members contributed and understood the project

    Judging Criteria for Engineering Projects

    I. Research Problem (10 pts) clear and focused description of a practical need or problem to be solved definition of criteria for proposed solution explanation of constraints

    II. Design and Methodology (15 pts) exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem identification of a solution development of a prototype/model

    III. Execution: Construction and Testing (20 pts) prototype demonstrates intended design prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials prototype demonstrates engineering skill and completeness

    IV. Creativity (20 pts) project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria

    V. Presentation (35 pts) a. Poster (10 pts) - logical organization of material, clarity of graphics and legends. supporting documentation displayed b. Interview (25 pts) - student provides clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions, demonstrates understanding of basic science relevant to project, demonstrates understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions, demonstrates independence in conducting project, recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics, student is curious about ideas for further research (for team projects: all members contributed and understood the project)

    Ready to Get Down to Science?

    Registration opens on Jan 1 2021! Deadline to register is January 28, 2021! Plans are still underway to have the Region 5 NCSEF as a virtual competition. As plans are confirmed, they will be posted. Schools and School Systems should email reg5director@ncsciencefair.org for information..

    For technical questions and support, please contact your event administrator