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.
Other at-home resources:
- American Chemical Society (ACS) Resources for Students
- American Chemical Society (ACS) Resources for Teachers
- PubChem – world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information
- GenBank – the NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences
- Expasy – portal that provides access to over 160 database and software tools in life science and clinical research domains
- The Arabidopsis Information Resource – maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana
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:
- Visit our SASEF Online Registration page here
- Step-by-step SASEF Registration Website Instructions with screenshots
ISEF Guidelines and Resources
SASEF follows the same guidelines as the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
- Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs 2020-2021 (Para las reglas y pautas en español haga clic aquí)
- 2021 ISEF Forms
- Overview of ISEF Forms – more details explaining each ISEF form
- ISEF Rules Wizard – designed as a first step to help you determine what forms and approvals are necessary before beginning your project
- ISEF Categories – a list of all 21 ISEF categories
- ISEF Frequently Asked Questions
- ISEF Display & Safety Regulations
- 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.