Helpful Logistical Resources for Science and Engineering Fairs
Generally, these resources best fit a traditional science and engineering fair, though some can be used across different showcase formats:
- Rubrics, scoring, and judging support
- Overviews of events - timelines and packets outlining the process
- Student guidelines - display, rules, and safety
- Mentors and connections to STEM professionals
- Useful articles and research on science and engineering fairs
- Overview of logistical considerations
- Key questions to consider when starting a science and engineering fair
- Timeline Idea
- Lodi Student Packet for their STEM/STEAM Fair
- Resources from ISEF - links to several worthwhile sites and ideas
- BSSEF student display and safety guidelines
- BSSEF Junior High Fair form with guidelines for safety, integrity and ethical work
- ISEF Project Rules - these rules may be more extensive than needed for a local fair, but they provide a starting point and do apply to Wisconsin ISEF affiliate fairs like CSEF and BSSEF.
- Thank you letter to sponsors - once you've built up relationships with local businesses and professionals through having them work as a judge, mentor, or presenter at a STEM Night, you might ask them to be more direct sponsors
- UW-Madison Speakers Bureau - this website provides a listing of UW-Madison faculty and staff who can speak at events and potentially answer students' questions, but local universities, colleges, UW Extension offices, DNR offices, and businesses tend to be best
- Wisconsin Inspire Leads - contacts across the state connected to regional economic development and the Inspire program that's part of Academic and Career Planning
- Science Buddies - Generally, I would not have students use these ideas, but they can be connected to an "expert" through this organization to support their project.
- Research article on the history and importance of Science and Engineering Fairs - by Gary Stresman, Director of BSSEF
- Science Fairs under the 'Scope - A research study looking at the effectiveness of science fairs.
- Reimagining the School Science Fair - from Make magazine, working to have students create instead of regurgitate.
For questions about this information, contact Kevin Anderson (608) 266-3319