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At-Home Resources

In the age of COVID-19 and social distancing, use these resources to come up with creative at-home projects that your students can enter into the 2021 fair. Find inspiration, learn how to approach a scientist in a virtual world, learn experimental design or statistics, find sources of large data sets, learn how to use smart phones for data collection, find out more about coding and app creation, and more. There are also educator resources to choose from. Click here for these resources created by ISEF.

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Helpful Documents

Below are links with helpful resources for teachers to encourage student participation in SASEF.

  • Topic Approval Form (PDF / Word Doc)
  • General Suggestions for Teachers (PDF / Word Doc)
  • Helping Students Choose a Science Fair Question (PDF / Word Doc)
  • Sample Rubrics (PDF / Word Doc)
  • Example of a Timeline for Science Fair Project (PDF / Word Doc)
  • Research Plan – Junior Division (PDF / Word Doc)
  • ISEF Form 1A Research Plan/Project Summary – Senior Division (PDF)
  • ISEF Abstract with 21 Categories (PDF)
  • Entry Guidelines Packet (PDF)
  • Display Guidelines Packet (PDF)
  • Looking for sample abstracts to show your students? Use this ISEF Abstract Database to search for previous projects

SASEF Online Registration

Make sure your students are properly registering by using the resources below:


ISEF Guidelines and Resources

SASEF follows the same guidelines as the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).


Teacher-to-Teacher Tips

  • Practicing interviews with your students is very important. It is beneficial for students to present their projects to diverse audiences that will ask different questions about their research that may be asked of them by the judges (it’s also a fun classroom activity for students to ask each other questions about their research!)
  • Teachers that set up a schedule with deadlines (ex. Deadlines for topics, research background, procedures) are able to track their students progress better. A timeline with deadlines is important and allows you to have the opportunity to steer students along the way versus getting to the end of their research and finding there is something you would have fixed in their procedures.
  • The procedure portion is really important for you to review – this is often where students need assistance.
  • Helping students create a data collection method is helpful – a lot of times students don’t know how to create the right chart or graph to represent their data.
  • Data collection: SASEF often sees very small sample sizes. An easy adjustment to a research project is to increase sample sizes.
  • Encourage students to look at something they’re interested in – don’t just go to a website and find something to do.
  • Encourage students to look at all the SASEF categories to get a better understanding of all the topics they could do a project on. Those can be found in the Entry Guidelines packet.