Rules and Regulations




Please consult the science fair coordinator for your school system for dates and rules that are specific to your fair.  The following rules apply to the students that have been invited to participate in the Region V Science Fair. 


1.     The Region V Science Fair follows the rules and regulations as outlined in the International Science and Engineering Fair Handbook.  This book and required forms may be ordered by calling 202-785-2255, or downloaded at  


All Students are required to use the following official forms found in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) handbook:   Form 1- Checklist for Adult Sponsor, Form 1A - Student Checklist, and Form 1B – Approval Form, Abstract and Research Plan, and must send copies of all required forms to the Region V Science Fair by February 1, 2013 with “Official Project Entry Form.” Additional forms may be needed depending on the project.  Visit for more information on the rules to help you determine which additional forms may be needed.  Copies of all forms must be available for the Scientific Review Committee at the time of judging. 


2.     Students without Form 1, Form 1A, Research Plan, Abstract, and Form 1B, will not be allowed to advance to the NC Science and                         Engineering Fair. 


3.     Students must have participated in a science fair that is directly affiliated and registered with the Region V Science Fair before                         participating in the Region V Science Fair.


4.     Each project must be pre-registered using the Project Entry Form.  The Science Fair coordinator for individual fairs is responsible for                 entering the projects.  High School students may enter independently by contacting the Region V Science Fair Director, if they can not find         a local fair to participate in.


5.     Students must live in one of the Region V counties: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph,             Rockingham and Stokes.


6.     Any student that does not follow the official rules may be disqualified.


7.     Displays will be restricted to a total space 122cm wide (side to side), 76cm deep (front to back) and 198cm in height (from tabletop) or             274cm in height (floor to top).


8.     Experimental procedures with animals which involve diets deficient in essential nutrients, discomfort, pain, or death will be disqualified.          No vertebrate or invertebrate animals, living or preserved, may be brought to the fair.


9.     Dangerous items associated with students’ projects are not allowed on the exhibit floor.  Dangerous items include, but are not limited to,         the following:  toxic, caustic, flammable or explosive chemicals; bacterial cultures or parasites; ionizing radiation; weapons; high voltage             or amperage equipment, or improperly shielded electrical equipment; and syringes.  Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific                 Review Committee may be removed.


10.  Human /animal parts or body fluids are not allowed at the project.


11.  Living organisms including plants are not allowed at the project.


12.  Soil, sand, rock, and/or waste samples are not allowed at the project.


13.  Human or animal food is not allowed at the project.


14.  All chemicals including water are not allowed at the project.


15.  No gas or running water will be available for projects.  Electrical outlets may be available, but students must provide their own hardware             such as screwdrivers, hammers, UL-approved extension cords, tape (all extension cords must be taped down), electrical adaptors, etc.             needed to set up project. 


16.  The Regional Science Fair Directors and/or the Scientific Review Committee may refuse admission for any project or project components for         reasons of safety, sanitation, or best interest of the fair. Students must assume liability and responsibility for items associated with their             project.


17.  Photographs are allowed if they are not deemed offensive or inappropriate by the Scientific Review Committee.  All photographs and graphs         must be credited.


18.  Region V Science Fair recognizes the following four categories:  Biological Sciences group 1, Biological Sciences group 2,                                       Earth/Environmental Science, Physical Science, and Technology and Engineering.  Projects may not be switched between categories once it         has been entered into the Region V Science Fair.


19.  The judges’ decisions are final.