Middle School (Grades 7 – 8, Some Grade 6) Project Information
The Alaska Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF) is open to all middle school students from all places in Alaska.
6th Grade Students
6th grade students may either enter as a middle school project or an elementary school project. Middle school projects are often eligible for more special category awards, however the rules and judging rubric are stricter than for elementary school projects. Help for 6th grade registration choice
Middle school students do not have the same paperwork requirements as high school students and no paperwork is required; however, it is strongly recommended that teachers have the students fill out the forms Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist/Research Plan (1A), and Approval form (1B). To enter the optional Abstract contest, obtain the abstract contest entry form. Click here to see Middle School forms and schedules
Avoid These Experiment Types
Experimentation involving the following are strongly DISCOURAGED:
- nonhuman vertebrate animals
- controlled substances
- pathogens (all bacteria isolated from the environment are considered pathogenic)
- animal tissues
If you have questions about the appropriateness of an experiment, please contact us.
Please see the following resources:
You can use items such as glass tubing, vinegar, and plant soil during your research, but please don’t bring such items to the science fair. Take pictures of them! Put the pictures on your display.
Do you need these “unsafe” items at the science fair? No! Do your project ahead of time. At the science fair, describe what you did. The judges care that you can express your understanding of your project; they do not need you to reproduce the work in front of them.
Objects like these belong in a picture on your display board. Do not bring them to the science fair.
Our 2020 - 2021 Donors:
Sponsors - $10,000+
Patrons - $5,000-$9,999
Donors - $1,000-$4999
- Anchorage Mayor's Community Grant
- Chugach Gem and Mineral Society
- Doug Molyneaux
- Fur Rendezvous/Greater Anchorage, Inc.
- Society for Petroleum Engineers
- Stellar Designs
- Upper One Studios Inc.
Contributors - $500-$999
Friends - $250-$499