Are you ready to take your science fair project to new heights? Look no further! This post will guide you through everything you need to know to ensure your project is ready to soar at the Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair.

For more details about where and when the fair will be held, check out this post!

Get ready to defy gravity and showcase your scientific prowess!

Project Paperwork

While paperwork may not be the most exciting part of your science fair journey, it’s essential to ensure your project is eligible for the fair. Most projects should submit an abstract form for the project abstract contest. High school projects require several forms to be filled out (some of which should have been completed before you started your experiments) and submitted via zFairs. See the details below for more information.

Important: All paperwork must be submitted on zFairs by March 30, 2024.
If any changes or fixes are requested for your paperwork, you may complete them after the deadline. However, all projects must have a first draft of their paperwork submitted by the deadline to be considered.

1st – 3rd Grade

Good news for our youngest scientists! There is no paperwork required for 1st-3rd grade projects beyond registering the project on zFairs. Focus on your experiments and let your curiosity guide you!

4th – 8th Grade

Attention 4th – 8th graders! The Alaska Professional Communicators host a project abstract contest that you can participate in. Make sure to fill out the Project Abstract form on zFairs if you want to participate in this exciting opportunity to showcase your scientific communication skills!

9th – 12th Grade

Calling all high school scientists! Your completed ISEF paperwork must be submitted on the zFairs platform by March 30, 2024. Keep in mind that the Project Plan is different from Form 1A. The second page of Form 1A describes what should be included in your project plan, so make sure to read it carefully.

Virtual Project Entry

zFairs provides a space for every student to upload a digital version of their project. We highly recommend that all projects provide a PDF version of their project board, even if you plan to participate in person. Currently, there are no formatting requirements for virtual project entries, so let your creativity shine!

In Person Display Boards

For those participating in person, please review the “In Person Exhibits” section of the Alaska Science & Engineering Fair Rules. This section outlines the size limitations for project boards and lists items or materials that are not allowed in the exhibit hall. We want to ensure a safe and fair environment for all participants!

Review the Rubric

Its always a good idea to look over the rubric that the judges will be using to score your project. If you are in 1st – 5th grade, then your project will be scored using the elementary rubric. If you are in 6th – 12th grade, then your project will be scored using one of the 6-12 grade rubrics. Its always helpful to know what the judges will be looking for ahead of time!

A Great Attitude

Last but not least, don’t forget to bring your enthusiasm and passion for science! Your positive attitude and excitement to share what you’ve learned through your experiments will make your project stand out. Remember, science is all about exploration, discovery, and having fun!