How do I start a science fair at my school?
How do I get to the CSEF?
Who is my Regional Fair Director?
Why do we have to follow all of the Intel ISEF rules for grades 6-8?
Who do I contact about questions regarding Display & Safety and/or experimental rules and guidelines?
Why is the CSEF held over 3 days instead of 2?
Why is the Awards Ceremony so long?
Why is the Awards Ceremony held out of Fort Collins?
Why are the display & safety rules so strict (i.e.: liquids, glass, etc)?
Why do some students win more awards than others?
do I start a science fair at my school?
teachers interested in starting a science fair at their school, it
is suggested that you review the information on the Classroom
Teacher Resources page and to contact the CSEF
Director if you would like to speak with a current teacher who
has had success with their science fair program.
do I get to the CSEF?
student who wishes to participate in CSEF must:
a Colorado resident 6th through 12th grade student in a public,
private, parochial, home or on-line school;
in the designated Regional Science Fair;
chosen by their Regional Science Fair to represent that region at
the CSEF; and
to abide by all International Science and Engineering Fair, CSEF,
and Regional Science Fair rules, regulations and policies that may
currently exist regarding pre-college science research.
is my Regional Fair Director?
entire state of Colorado is divided into 13
regions. To find your local Regional Fair Director and what Regional
Science Fair you should participate in, visit the current
listing of science fairs. Please note, that students enrolled
in on-line schools are eligible to participate, but must attend the
regional fair designated for where he/she lives rather than where
the school is physically located.
do we have to follow all of the Intel ISEF rules for grades 6 - 8?
Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) is affiliated with the
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and part of this
affiliation agreement requires CSEF to follow the International Rules
& Guidelines that have been established for this competition.
And while CSEF is not technically required to make the Junior Division
follow these rules, the Board of Directors and Advisory Council feel
that by having these students use the same rules and forms, they will
have the background for when they reach the Senior Division level
and are eligible to advance to the Intel ISEF. On the same note, CSEF
is working on creating a rulebook for the Junior Division level that
is more to that level.
do I contact about questions regarding display & safety and/or the
experimental rules and guidelines?
list of current CSEF Scientific Review Committee Members can be found
on the SRC Information page or you can email
the CSEF Director and
the question or inquiry will be forwarded to the appropriate person.
is the CSEF held over 3 days instead of 2?
key to the answer of this question is the number of awards that are
given to CSEF participants at the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening.
While we are constantly working to streamline the processes that go
into conducting such a complex event, it literally takes CSEF volunteers
the majority of the day on Friday to organize the awards ceremony,
making sure there are as few (if not any) mistakes as possible. Between
the Grand Awards and the Special Awards, CSEF hands out over 300 individual
awards each year. We have to make sure certificates are printed correctly,
that everything is in the proper order for the ceremony, count ballots
from Finalists, and organize the power point presentation of winners
that is shown during the ceremony. While it seems that not much is
going on Friday and some people think we should be able to have the
awards ceremony and pizza party/celebration all in one day, it isn't
is the Awards Ceremony so long?
explained in the above question, we have over 300 individual awards
to hand out and we are constantly striving to add more special awards
organizations each year. This is a good thing, but comes with the
price of needing more time to hand out all of the awards. The Board
of Directors made the conscience decision not to simply clump all
of the awards for each student into one trip across the stage for
two reasons. One is that the Special Awards Organizations have taken
the time and effort to attend the CSEF on Thursday to interview students
and provided the resources for the awards and we want to acknowledge
that by giving each organization a small amount of time to recognize
those students who have done research in areas that the organization
values. The other reason is that it leaves something to be desired
in terms of suspense. We also don't intend to split the ceremonies
by division either because all it would do would create twice the
work and take twice the time.
is the Awards Ceremony held out of Fort Collins?
accommodate everyone interested in attending the awards ceremony,
we need a venue that holds at least 1,000 people. In Fort Collins,
our choices are limited to the Main Ballroom at CSU (which of course
is being used for the student's projects); the Lincoln Center (which
has a yearly musical event during the time of CSEF and is never available)
and Moby Arena (which just isn't feasible as it is too large). By
expanding into Loveland, we have been able to go between the Resurrection
Fellowship Church and Thompson Valley High School (when CSEF falls
on Easter weekend and the church isn't available). Both venues seat
over 1,000 and we don't have to limit the number of people who can
attend the awards ceremony. As an aside, we are looking into the possibility
of holding the ceremony at the Hilton adjacent to CSU in the near
future. The drawbacks to this are the flat seating and the make-shift
stage we would have to deal with.
are the display & safety rules so strict (i.e.: liquids, glass,
the CSEF is open to the public on Friday and Saturday, we have to
make sure that the average person visiting the projects can't accidentally
hurt themselves on anything a student might have on display.
do some students win more awards than others?
Special Awards Organizations are allowed to decide the criteria for
the awards that they present. For this reason, the distribution of
awards for a particular area of study is not even, allowing for some
students to win multiple awards from different organizations. For
information on what awards are possible for a given category, visit
the list of Special Awards by