Science Fair

It is Time to Get Started!


Important Dates to Remember  

November 3- Jefferson County 5th Grade County-Wide Science Fair at Dandridge Elementary School
October 31   Local Elementary School Science Fairs entries are due to Jan Coley
February 28   Entry Forms due for Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair
March 29 - April 1-   Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF)
May 10-15 International Sci & Eng Fair (ISEF) in Reno, NV

Jefferson County Schools and the Appalachian Electric Cooperative have formed a partnership to support the Jefferson County Science Fairs.  Thank you Appalachian Electric Cooperative!






































All students in middle school and high school must complete Forms 1, 1A, 1B.  Other forms may be needed based on the project.

Elementary and Middle School  guidelines  Rules   
Links to the 2009 Individual School Science Fairs

Revised Science Fair Update

Examples of Display Boards

JCHS Projects

Elementary Science Fair

Middle school projects

SASEF 2010

Project Categories


Behavioral and Social Sciences
Human and animal behavior, social and community relationships--psychology, sociology, anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, linguistics, learning, perception, urban problems, public opinion surveys, educational testing, etc.

Chemistry of life processes--molecular biology, molecular genetics, enzymes,  photosynthesis, blood chemistry, protein chemistry, food chemistry, hormones, etc.

Study of plant life--agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, forestry, plant     taxonomy, plant physiology, plant pathology, plant genetics, hydroponics, algae, etc.

Study of nature and composition of matter and laws governing it--physical     chemistry, organic chemistry (other than biochemistry), inorganic chemistry,   materials, plastics, fuels, pesticides, metallurgy, soil chemistry, etc.
Computer Science
Study and development of computer hardware, software engineering, internet  networking and communications, graphics (including human interface), simulations / virtual reality or computational science (including data structures,  encryption, coding and information theory).

Earth Science
Geology, minerology, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, speleology, seismology, geography, etc.

Technology; projects that directly apply scientific principles to manufacturing   and practical uses--civil, mechanical, aeronautical, chemical, electrical,   photographic, sound, automotive, marine, heating and refrigerating, transportation,  environmental engineering, etc

Environmental Science
Study of pollution (air, water, and land) sources and their control; ecology
Development of formal logical systems or various numerical and algebraic computations, and the application of these principles--calculus, geometry, abstract algebra, number theory, statistics, complex analysis, probability.

Medicine and Health
Study of diseases and health of humans and animals--dentistry, pharmacology,  pathology, ophthalmology, nutrition, sanitation, pediatrics, dermatology, allergies, speech and hearing, etc.
Biology of microorganisms--bacteriology, virology, protozoology, fungi, bacteria genetics, yeast, etc.

Theories, principles, and laws governing energy and the effect of energy on  matter--solid state, optics, acoustics, particle, nuclear, atomic, plasma,      superconductivity, fluid and gas dynamics, thermodynamics, semiconductors,  magnetism, quantum mechanics, biophysics, etc.
Space Science
Astronomy, planetary science, etc.

Study of animals--animal genetics, ornithology, ichthyology, herpetology,  entomology, animal ecology, paleontology, cellular physiology, circadian  rhythms, animal husbandry, cytology, histology, animal physiology,   invertebrate neurophysiology, studies of invertebrates, etc

Team Projects
Study conducted by two or three students in any discipline.


Links for Project Guidance  


Elements of a Science Fair Project


Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair


Simple Steps to Science Fair Success
All Science Fair Projects -  Science projects with instructions for all grade levels
Science Buddies -Science Buddies is a non-profit organization empowering students from all walks of life to help themselves and each other develop a love of science and an understanding of the scientific method.
Science Fair Idea Exchange has a hugh selection of project ideas.
Neuroscience for Kids - great site outlining the parts of a science fair project
Science fair sites from
Science Fairs homepage - this homepage is designed to aid students in the most difficult aspect of their science fair experience; getting an idea.
Science Fair Links from AOL
The Ultimate Science Fair Resource is a page is a resource for parents, teachers, and students.
Super Science Fair Projects Ideas, Topics & Experiments -  is your complete step-by-step guide to experiments and ideas for kids K-college.
Science - Welcome to the world's largest web site for Science Project ideas, information and support.  Everyone can access this web site for ideas, but only members can get support and access the members section for more project details.
Society for Science is the official site of International Science and Engineering Fair.  All forms for middle school and high school fairs as well as rules are found here.
Try science is a site that has translations in multiple languages.
Science Fair Projects
PBS kids Science Fair
The Five Types of Science Fair Projects
Science Fair from Elmer's Glue
Science Fair Central
Sample sixth grade project and research paper - from Science buddies
Science Stuff is an online store for science stuff.


Jan Coley

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