Student Information

Thanks for your interest in the Reading-Berks Science and Engineering Fair. It is our intention to provide you a quality competition with lucrative awards to encourage you in your development as a student researcher and in your choice of a career in STEM.

1. Check project eligibility rules.

2.  Check ISEF rules to be sure the project is permitted and that prior IRB approval is not needed.

  • Here is a link to the ISEF Rules Wizard.
  • Because the RBSEF champions go on to compete at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair), all RBSEF projects must conform to international student research guidelines.
  • Your school may have an IRB (Internal Review Board) if it has an established research program. If not, contact us for projects needing review prior to experimentation.

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3.  Collect Required Forms

  • Be sure you have completed the required forms to compete at RBSEF prior to experimentation.
  • Please note that there are different form requirements for Junior and Senior Divisions.
  • The ISEF Rules Wizard can help you determine which forms to use for Senior Division and certain Junior Division projects.
  • Complete, download and print the forms and acquire the necessary signatures.
  • Your teacher may want to see the forms once they are signed and may want to keep them at school, or your teacher may want you to keep track of the forms yourself.  Be sure you check with your teacher.

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4.  Experimentation

  • Once you have all of the approvals needed, you are free to begin your experimentation.
  • Be sure you have designed an experiment with a control.
  • Conduct sufficient repetitions to generate reliable data.
  • Be sure you understand your data. Analyze it to find trends, outliers, and insignificant differences.

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5.  Register for RBSEF

  • Student registration opens on January 1 and closes at midnight on February 14.
  • Complete the registration carefully. The information you input is the information that is transferred to the RBSEF program.
  • Choose your category carefully. Read the descriptions to be sure you have chosen correctly.
  • Make sure you list your correct school and teacher.
  • You can edit your registration information by logging back in with the username and password you have created.
  • When you finish and are sure all is correct hit “Submit” to send your information to RBSEF.
  • No registrations can be edited or accepted after February 24.  Please plan accordingly.
  • After you submit your registration online, print the required forms, acquire the appropriate signatures, and check with your teacher for instructions on submission to RBSEF.
  • You are not registered until you complete the online form and RBSEF has your printed forms.
  • Also check with your teacher to determine if your school will pay the $10 entry fee for your project.
  • Please note: if  you find that all of the features in the registration process are not functioning  correctly, switch browsers to Chrome or Firefox.

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6.  Plan Your Display

  • Be sure you have your data visually represented with charts and graphs. Use units throughout the display.
  • Your display area is 36 inches wide and 15 inches deep. This fits a standard tri fold science fair board with 15 inches in front of the display board for a notebook and other display items. Larger items can be placed on the floor below the table. If you are in the senior division (gr. 9-12) and require a 48 inch wide space, accommodations will be made for your project if you communicate before the registration deadline.
  • Project number should be written on the back of the display board as well as on the project notebook.
  • Your name and the school name cannot appear anywhere on the project.
  • Be sure to check the list of items prohibited for display at  a  science fair.

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7.  Some Set-Up HintsFrom Us to You

  • Project Number-Know your project number and category before you come to the science fair to set up.  Don’t know?  No problem. (1) sign in with your user name and password to enter your registration account or (2) ask your teacher.
  • What to Bring – Be Prepared!
    pen or pencil clear tape  
    scissor           sharpie
    white-out        plain white paper 
  • Study Up! Plan Ahead!-Read the student project Display Safety Rules to make sure you do not bring restricted items to the science fair. Within these rules you can find suggestions on how to fashion your display without bringing the restricted items to the science fair. Begin with the end in mind! You may have to take photos throughout the course of your project.
  • Every year students and parents are disappointed because they have not read these rules and portions of the display are disallowed.  Don’t be that student!

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8.  Attend the Science Fair

  • Check out the fair schedule in the right-hand margin.
  • Be familiar with the activities each day of the fair. Details here
  • Make plans to attend the awards program on the Wednesday of fair week.
  • Talk to your teacher if you have activities that interfere with the science fair schedule. Many times your teacher will have a helpful solution.

9. Ask Questions!

Science fair is all about answering questions. If you have a questions, go after the answer!  Here’s how.

  • Check out our FAQ’s
  • Can’t find the answer? Contact your teacher.
  • The science fair committee is here to help you-contact us!

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