N.E. AZ Regional
March 2 & 3, 2012
How to Participate in the N.E. Arizona Regional Science
& Engineering Fair
Step 1: Identify a Topic
participation Identify a topic, start your reading research, and formulate your hypothesis.
• Study Public, private, charter, and home schooled students, grades 6-12, within southern
something that Navajo, southern Apache, Gila, and Eastern Coconino counties are eligible. Other
interests you. regions may enter students with special permission. Students from the Navajo Nation
Follow your own may enter only if not participating in the Navajo Nation sponsored Science Fair.
ideas. Go Duplicate entries will be disqualified. You may enter as an individual (Science) or a
beyond what is team of 2 or 3 (Engineering), but there will be no separate categories for teams. All
taught in the projects are entered in one of 17 categories.
• Win cash Step 2: Complete ISEF Forms
scholarships, BEFORE you begin any experimentation for your project, you must fill out the
and other prizes. required safety and permission forms. These are available at drsef.org together with
examples. Every project must have at least ISEF forms 1, 1A, 1B, and a Research
• The chance to Plan. Give a copy of any forms to your teacher and keep originals safe. No forms –
travel to other No fair!
State, National, Some experiments may require additional forms and permissions. The most common
& International examples of this are when the proposed experiment:
level. • Is physically hazardous (for example, you are working with bacteria)
• Involves humans or animal subject
• Prepare • Is performed in a facility other than school or home, or needs a scientist’s
yourself for supervision
independent The ISEF Forms Wizard (linked from ncesaz.org/scifair) should be used to help you
work. and your teacher decide if additional forms and permissions are needed.
- If the experiment is physically hazardous or involves animals or human subjects it
• Meet scientists requires Scientific Review Committee (SRC/IRB) approval before you start
& engineers who experimenting.
are experts in
your field In these cases, your teacher must submit copies of all your ISEF forms, especially the
of study. Research Plan, to the SRC/IRB. Note that 6-8th graders cannot do projects that would
require SRC/ IRB approval. ISEF forms returned from the SRC/IRB with signatures
become your new originals.
Step 3: Participate in School/District Fair
Step 4: Register for the N.E. AZ Regional Science Fair
Strict Deadline: Midnight Feb. 24, 2012: If you are a “winner” at your fair and are selected to
represent your school at the Fair, you may go online to to register your
Your teacher will verify with us separately that you are eligible to enter. For a team project, only
one registration is needed for the whole team.
Fill out an ISEF Abstract (available at ncesaz.org/scifair) for your project to go with the other
Step 7: Participate in the Fair
March 2, 2012: Refer to the website for the day-of-fair student information.
To compete in the N.E. AZ Regional Science and Engineering Fair, you must bring to
check-in on Fair day either a paperwork Approval Form that your teacher will give you or
a copy (not the originals) of all your signed ISEF forms.
If you have any questions on forms, registration, or ideas please contact the event coordinator:
Mr. Kalman Mannis @ firstname.lastname@example.org (email is best)
The Navajo County ESA is the N.E. AZ regional affiliate of the Arizona State Science Fair (AZSEF) and The Arizona Science Festival.