Welcome to the Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair

Important Dates & Times

 

Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science & Engineering Fair was Virtual on March 20, 2021!

Thank you for your interest and support.   Check back to get information on the 2022 Fair!

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Terra Science and Education seeks to provide middle and high school students with the opportunity to engage in authentic scientific research or engineering practice and to share their experiences and findings with others in an ISEF-affiliated science and engineering fair. The Rochester Finger Lakes Fair serves Rochester, NY and nine surrounding counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Yates, Steuben, Livingston, Schuyler, and Chemung. 

And this year we are delighted to welcome participants from the regions served by the Western New York Science Fair, who will not be holding a fair this year.  That region includes the counties of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, and Wyoming.

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How does it work?

Students will register their projects and conduct their research as they normally would. For 2021, they will present their projects virtually in a secure online judging environment. Browse the Student, Teacher and Judges tabs above for more info!

Where can I get ideas for a science project?

There are many places online and in real life to get ideas:

  • Talk to your science teacher
  • Try your local library. There are many science project books available on the shelves and in digital format.
  • Science Buddies is a good online resource

What is Regeneron ISEF?

It's an international science fair! Every year, tens of millions of students participate in science fairs around the globe but only about 1,800 earn the right to compete for nearly $5 million awards bestowed each May at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). In 2021, this fair will also take place virtually.

We will use this website for:

  1. Registration
    • Student & Project
    • Teachers
    • Judges 
    • Volunteers 
  2. Submission of all safety and permission forms
  3. SRC reviews
  4. Project material uploads
  5. Judging and scoring

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Do you like science and engineering?

We're glad you're here! By choosing to participate in a science and engineering fair, you can “try on” a career, stretch your world, and discover your talents. Preparing a STEM project at any level helps you achieve higher levels of thinking in science, math, data analysis, writing. Competing at the science and engineering fair is even valuable for college and scholarship applications.

Who can compete in the Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair?

Every public, private or home-schooled student in grades 5-12 in our 9-county region can compete in the Fair.  You just need an adult sponsor to enter; no previous fair experience required!

The Rochester Finger Lakes Fair serves Rochester, NY and nine surrounding counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Yates, Steuben, Livingston, Schuyler, and Chemung.

This year we are also accepting registrations from student living in Erie, Niagara, Orleans,  Genesee, and Wyoming counties who would normally participate in the Western New York Science Fair.  That Fair is not being held this year, so we're delighted to provide a way for their students to present their work.

Begin your registration by clicking CREATE ACCOUNT above

We recommend that the teacher or mentor register before the students register.

How do I participate this year?

This year you will submit your project online. You can submit videos, text documents, slide shows and other files. On fair day, you (and your team mates) will participate in a live online conversation with fair judges, who will ask you questions about how you did your research or created your project.

What do you need to participate?

IDEA
First, an idea! [Below you will find plenty of help.] Your materials will depend on what your project is.

ADULT
You will also need a teacher or parent to be the mentor for your project. They will help you register for the fair, design a good project, follow the fair rules and complete your paperwork.

INTERNET
For fair judging, you will need an internet connection. We can help on that if you can't get reliable high-speed access.

FEES
There is a registration fee of $10 with a late registration fee of $20 (scholarships available). Payments can be made via PayPal. Don't worry; it is simple to email the Director to request a scholarship.

How do I do a project?

Basically you will ask a question and head off for the adventure of finding your own answer! Students can use resources such as the ScienceBuddies.org website as they choose topics, plan projects, collect and analyze data, and prepare their Presentation for judging.   This is a two level fair:

Senior Level (grades 9-12)

Individuals or teams of up to 3 students perform research and create a presentation of their methods and findings.

Junior Level (grades 5-8)

There are 2 types of presentations: Research or Topic. In a Research project, your will perform an experiment, collect data, and present your results. In a Topic Presentation, you will study a subject you are interested in and report what you learned.

Where can I get ideas for a science project?

There are many places online and in real life to get ideas:

  • Talk to your science teacher
  • Try your local library. There are many science project books available on the shelves and in digital format.
  • Science Buddies is a good online resource
  • ISEF has a searchable database of Abstracts for projects presentaed at the International level here. This will give you an idea of what other students have done in the past, and might inspire you to follow a new line of research.

When is the fair and what does it cost?

The Fair will be the week of March 20th, 2020 and will be completely virtual.

Entry fee:  $10 fee extended beyond Feb 15th deadline but won't last forever!

Late registration fee:  $20 (scholarships available, please contact Fair Director, trfsef@terraed.org).

If you are paying by check, please make checks payable to Terra Science & Education (include TRFSEF and your student's names on the memo line) and mail to:

Terra Fairs c/o Karen Valentino
835 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13204

You may also pay via Paypal

Important dates to keep in mind

  • Dec 1, 2020:  Registration opens
  • Feb 14, 2021:  Early bird discount on entry fee ends
  • Feb 14, 2021:  Scientific Research Committee (SRC) Paperwork due for Senior Research Projects.
  • Mar 12, 2021:  Registration Closes; all paperwork due
  • Mar 17, 2021:  Projects Frozen; no further changes to submitted presentations, charts, videos, etc
  • March 20, 2021:  Round 1 Judging begins
  • March 22, 2021:  Any remaing interview (after school or evening hours)
  • March 25, 2021:  Round 2 Judging for selected projects (after school or evening hours)
  • April 10, 2021:  On-line Awards Ceremeony

What do I need to submit?

In addition to an abstract and a project description, each project is required to submit 3 items (detailed descriptions below):

  • A Project Presentation with the details of your project, following whichever template works best for your type of project.  Please follow the Format Instructions, which will ensure easy readability.  Please note the Project Presentation takes the place of the normal Project Poster.  Essentially each page of the Presentation is what would have been one section of the Poster.

TRFSEF 2021 Science Project Presentation Template.docx

TRFSEF 2021Engneering Project Presentation Template.docx

TRFSEF 2021 Mathematics-Computer Science Project Presentation Template.pdf

TRFSEF 2021 Presentation Format Instructions.docx

  • A Quad Chart that summarizes the project in one page, following the Quad Chart instructions   It is essentially a visual Abstract.

TRFSEF 2021 Quad Chart Instructions.pdf

Quad Chart Example.pptx

  • A short (e.g. two minute) video describing your project, following the Video instructions

TRFSEF 2021 Video Instructions.pdf

While the judges may look at the video, they will primarily look at your Project Presentation and Quad Chart.  The video will be used in the showcase in which your parents, family, friends, classmates, teachers can view all the projects and what all the participants have done.

In addition, all projects must complete and upload a TerraFairs_MediaRelease.pdf

All Topic and Junior Research projects must complete and upload the Terra Safety and Permission Form_JuniorRED_Topic.pdf

All Senior Research projects must complete and upload the appropriate ISEF forms, as presented in the registration process.

  • Get a headstart by using the ISEF Wizard to determine which form(s) to complete. Start completing them immediately so you can submit them to the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) for approval.  You can also download individual forms from the ISEF website by clicking here.

  • Important: Before Senior Research can begin, the SRC has to approve the project, so it’s vital to submit these forms as soon as possible. 

  • If you have already started your research, don't panic. Contact the Director now and we'll see how best to handle your forms.

Instructions for Uploading Files.pdf

Safety

As students undertake their projects, making sure they and any other people or animals involved in the project are safe is critical. Your sponsor (a teacher, parent or mentor) must review all of your procedures BEFORE the student begins experimenting or building. Sometimes additional adults sign forms using their specific expertise to make sure you and your subjects are safe. Those adults’ signatures and dates prove that evaluation was completed.

Safety is our top priority! It is important that an adult reviews all of your procedures BEFORE you begin experimenting or building. Sometimes additional adults sign forms using their specific expertise to make sure all involved in the project are safe. Be sure to gather those adults’ signatures and dates to prove that the evaluation was completed.

The Scientific Research Committee (SRC) process may seem somewhat mysterious to students with Senior Research projects.  Perhaps this chart will make it more understandable.

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What happens on Fair Day?

This year, because of COVID-19, Fair Day activities will be all virtual.   Students will present their projects to teams of judges, while there will be chat rooms and a virtual exhibition of all the projects so you, your family, classmates, and other participants can see each other’s projects and connect.   Depending on the number of participants, we may have to extend judging over several days.

Scores from the judges will determine the awards, from being sponsored to participate in the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), to Special Awards (some with cash awards).

 

Teachers, Parents and Mentors

Thank you for your interest in supporting one or more students in participating in the Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair!

It can be as easy as passing along fair information so students and their families can take it from there and signing one form so we know the school was notified of the student's participation. Or you can draw upon Terra resources such as Fair grants, professional development, or Fair in a Box to be a mentor or even a local fair director. However you choose to encourage students, Terra can help.

Who can compete in the Rochester Finger Lakes Science and Engineering Fair?

Every public, private or home-schooled student in grades 5-12 in our 9-county region can compete in the Fair. To enter, the student just needs an adult sponsor like you: no previous fair experience required!

The Rochester Finger Lakes Fair serves Rochester, NY and nine surrounding counties: Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Seneca, Yates, Steuben, Livingston, Schuyler, and Chemung.

This year we are also accepting registrations from student living in Erie, Niagara, Orleans,  Genesee, and Wyoming counties who would normally participate in the Western New York Science Fair.  That Fair is not being held this year, so we're delighted to provide a way for their students to present their work.

Begin your registration by clicking CREATE ACCOUNT above

We recommend that the teacher or mentor register before the students register.

What is my role as a teacher or parent?

Students are the explorers and they need to accomplish that exploring themselves. Teachers and parents have the roles of guides, safety monitors, reminders, taxis and signers of paperwork.

ANY adult can help and guide a student to prepare a STEM project, whether for a local or regional fair. One adult takes the leadership role, providing the supervisor signatures as needed. Simply access the online forms before the student starts to work.

When is the Fair and what does it cost?

When is the fair and what does it cost?

The Fair will be the week of March 20th, 2020 and will be completely virtual.

Entry fee:  $10 fee extended beyond Feb 15th deadline but won't last forever!

Late registration fee:  $20 (scholarships available, please contact Fair Director, trfsef@terraed.org).

If you are paying by check, please make checks payable to Terra Science & Education (include TRFSEF and your student's names on the memo line) and mail to:

Terra Fairs c/o Karen Valentino
835 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13204

You may also pay via Paypal

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • Dec 1, 2020:  Registration opens
  • Feb 14, 2021:  Early bird discount on entry fee ends
  • Feb 14, 2021:  Scientific Research Committee (SRC) Paperwork due for Senior Research Projects.
  • Mar 12, 2021:  Registration Closes; all paperwork due
  • Mar 17, 2021:  Projects Frozen; no further changes to submitted presentations, charts, videos, etc
  • March 20, 2021:  Round 1 Judging begins
  • March 22, 2021:  Any remaing interview (after school or evening hours)
  • March 25, 2021:  Round 2 Judging for selected projects (after school or evening hours)
  • April 10, 2021:  On-line Awards Ceremeony

What happens on Fair Day?

This year, because of COVID-19, Fair Day activities will be all virtual. Students will present their projects to teams of judges, while there will be chat rooms and a virtual exhibition of all the projects so you, your students, and other participants can see all the projects and connect. Depending on the number of participants, we may have to extend judging over several days.

Scores from the judges will determine the awards, from being sponsored to participate in the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF), to Special Awards (some with cash awards).

How are the Fair & Projects Organized?

The Fair has two Levels: Senior (Grades 9-12) & Junior (Grades 5-8)

There are also two types of Projects: Research and Topic

There are both requirements and suggestions for the Presentation Materials students must provide.  These are all detailed on the Student Page, but repeated here for your convenience.

All Senior Research projects must complete and upload the appropriate ISEF forms, as presented in the registration process.

  • Get a headstart by using the ISEF Wizard to determine which form(s) to complete. Start completing them immediately so you can submit them to the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) for approval.  You can also download individual forms from the ISEF website by clicking here.

  • Important: Before Senior Research can begin, the SRC has to approve the project, so it’s vital to submit these forms as soon as possible. 

  • If you have already started your research, don't panic. Contact the Director now and we'll see how best to handle your forms.

In addition to an abstract and a project description, each project is required to submit 3 items (detailed descriptions below):

  • A Project Presentation with the details of your project, following whichever template works best for your type of project.  Please follow the Format Instructions, which will ensure easy readability. Please note the Project Presentation takes the place of the normal Project Poster.  Essentially each page of the Presentation is what would have been one section of the Poster.

TRFSEF 2021 Science Project Presentation Template.docx

TRFSEF 2021Engneering Project Presentation Template.docx

TRFSEF 2021 Mathematics-Computer Science Project Presentation Template.pdf

TRFSEF 2021 Presentation Format Instructions.docx

  • A Quad Chart that summarizes the project in one page, following the Quad Chart instructions.  It is essentially a visual Abstract.

TRFSEF 2021 Quad Chart Instructions.pdf

Quad Chart Example.pptx

  • A short (e.g. two minute) video describing your project, following the Video instructions

TRFSEF 2021 Video Instructions.pdf

While the judges may look at the video, they will primarily look at your Project Presentation and Quad Chart.  The video will be used in the showcase in which your parents, family, friends, classmates, teachers can view all the projects and what all the participants have done.

Instructions for Uploading Files.pdf

 

What is my responsibility for Safety?

As students undertake their projects, making sure they and any other people or animals involved in the project are safe is critical You play a key role in ensuring safety. BEFORE students begin their work, the sponsor must review all procedures and provide the signatures and dates to show this was done. Checklists and the needed forms are provided to the student as part of registration.

For Junior level projects, these are the Safety Forms:

Terra Safety and Permission Form_JuniorRED_Topic.pdf

For Senior level Research projects, there is an additional step, which is review and approval of the Scientific Research Committee (SRC) of the needed forms. Since SRC approval is needed before the project begins, it's vital to submit these forms as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for the project.  Students will be told which ISEF Forms they need as part of the registration process.

All students must also sign a Media Release Form.

TerraFairs_MediaRelease_SeniorRED.pdf

 

Due to the overwhelming response to our call for judges, registration for judges for the Terra Rochester Finger Lakes Science & Engineering Fair is now closed. 

However, our sister Fairs are still in need of judges and would welcome your participation:

Terra Twin Tiers (Olean)   ny-pa-ttrsf.zfairs.com

First round, Sunday, March 21 all day

Second Round  Friday 26,  between 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm EST

Terra Northeast Regional (Potsdam)    ny-tnrsef.zfairs.com

First Round, Tuesday, March 23, between 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm EST

Second Round, Friday 26,  between 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm EST

 

Would you like to judge a science fair?

Science Fair judges are frequently surprised and delighted by the quality of work these engaged and motivated students produce.  Our fair needs judges in a wide variety of science and engineering categories. View the list of categories here.

Objectives of the fair & the judging process

  1. Encourage students’ pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  2. Showcase students’ science and engineering research.
  3. Excite students about returning to next year’s science fair.

Who can be a Science Fair Judge?

We are looking for adults with a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds in science, engineering mathematics and technology. College students majoring in one of these fields are welcome to judge the Junior level projects.  Tradesmen and Journeymen are encouraged to participate.

How will judging be done this year?

This year we will be entirely virtual.  Judges will be divided into teams responsible for a particular category, topic or special award. They will have the opportunity to view each project's materials before joining a live video or audio chat session where they will be able to interview the students.  Judges will again meet privately to deliberate. There will be training opportunities before live judging days.

Depending on the number of projects in the fair and the number of judges available during live sessions, we may spread judging sessions out over a few days.  We hope that this will allow the maximum number of students and judges to fit the fair into their schedules.

When should I register?

Please register as early as possible. This will help us make sure we have enough judges in appropriate categories and schedule the live sessions in time to notify everyone.  Just use the Create Account block on the right.

Seven to ten days before the fair, you will receive an e-mail with your assignment (Junior, Senior, Topic Presentation, Special Awards). If you are an experienced judge, you may be selected as a team captain.

These are the milestone dates for the 2021 fair:

  • Dec 1, 2020:  Registration opens
  • Feb 14, 2021:  Early bird discount on entry fee ends
  • Feb 14, 2021:  Scientific Research Committee (SRC) Paperwork due for Senior Research Projects.
  • Mar 12, 2021:  Registration Closes; all paperwork due
  • Mar 20, 2021: First Round of Judging
  • Mar 22 & Mar 24: Second Round of Judging

Judging Do's & Don'ts

Rule #1:

I will recuse myself if I have any connection to the student, project, school, family or friends.

Rule #2:

I will make this an educational and motivating experience for every kid! The high point of the fair for most students will be YOUR judging interviews. Encourage all the participants.

Rule #3:

I will remember that judges represent professional authority to students. So … use an encouraging tone when asking questions, offering suggestions or giving constructive criticism. Do NOT criticize, treat lightly or act bored toward projects that seem unimportant to you. THE PROJECT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE STUDENT. Thank him/her for the hard work and accomplishment.

Rule #4:

I will be discreet! I will discuss students and projects only INSIDE the Judge Deliberation Area! Students, parents or teachers may overhear in the Exhibit Hall or lobbies. ALL results are confidential. No details regarding deliberations are EVER discussed outside the Judges’ Deliberation Area before or afterwards.

Detailed information about judging is in the following documents:

Judging101.pdf

JudgingRubrics.pdf

Principals! Teachers! Home Schoolers!

Are you interested in getting your students involved in the science fair?  Whether you enter one student or twenty, we would love to see what your amazing students can do. You do not need to register your school separately, but make sure your teachers and students enter school information when they register. 

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