Science and Engineering Fair Safety Regulations
following display rules must be followed by all exhibitors at the regional
fair, regardless of the rules used at the student's local fair. Fair
personnel will inspect all exhibits for compliance with
and any non-conforming items must be removed from the display. For a full description of official display rules see the ISEF Rules and Guidelines handbook.
NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN THE EXHIBIT AREA
In general, the display of anything that could
be hazardous to the public is PROHIBITED,
including the following:
THE TOP VIOLATIONS FROM THE LAST FAIR ARE IN BOLD(suggestion: consider replacing prohibited items with pictures of those items on the project display board)
- Food items (people or pet food, etc.) Clean, empty containers are OK
- Containers filled with water or any other liquid even if it has a secured lid
- Sharp items (e.g. nails, sharp tools, needles, knives, syringes) including glass or glass objects
- Small (smaller than a large marble), loose pieces sitting on the table that could be picked up by a child (choking hazard) or fall to the floor posing a tripping or slipping hazard to members of the public.
- Photos of people, including student’s family, WITHOUT their (and if a minor, parent’s) written consent to be displayed Photo consent form
- Photos, including pictures taken off the Internet, that do not contain the credit line of their original source
- Human/animal parts or body fluids (e.g. urine, blood, bones, teeth)
- Anything that is ALIVE (animals, plants, molds, etc.)
- Plant materials in their raw state (living or dried)
- Taxidermy specimens/parts; preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals (bones, teeth, dead bugs, rabbit’s foot)
- Soil, sand, rock and/or waste samples
- All chemicals (laboratory/household), cleaners, poisons, toxic substances (e.g. nail polish)
- Drugs or controlled substances; hazardous substances or devices (e.g. firearms)
- Dry ice or other sublimating solids (e.g. moth balls, gel candles, bath crystals)
- Flames, fire, highly flammable materials
- Any apparatus deemed unsafe including empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases
- Batteries with open top cells
- Projects with moving parts that have unprotected belts and pulleys especially if it can be triggered when unattended
- Class 3 and 4 lasers; Class 2 lasers must follow rules in ISEF handbook
- Ribbons or awards won at school/other fair (Exception: ISEF Medals)
- Names of people who completed surveys, etc.
- Photos that are offensive depictions of animals or humans
- Photos or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, or other lab procedures
- Active Internet or email connections as part of the display or operation of the project
and Engineering Fair Display Guidelines
Expensive items that can be stolen must be removed by student before the displays are open to the public
exhibits should be sturdily constructed and self-supporting.
limits are 30" deep front to back; 48" side to side; 108" floor to top
A place at a table is provided for all entries. “Floor space” only displays must be requested by contacting the Fair Program Assistant.
Electricity is not provided for displays unless indicated on the online registration form. All
electrical wiring must be of an approved, insulated
type. Electric cords are the
of the exhibitor.
Children will be seated at their table display and parents may sit in the bleachers during judging; for grades K-5, display tables are arranged in rows by grade level with kindergarten students closest to the bleachers.