Have Questions Regarding your district fair?

Find your district fair director using the DISTRICT FAIR CONTACT LIST.

Project Safety Rules - There are many rules regarding safety before and during experimentation.  Please guide the student through the ISEF Rules Wizard and review general safety rules before starting a project.  In addition, there are rules regarding displays at the fair.  Every school is required to have a Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review projects involving human subjects.  For more information visit the ISEF website for detailed instructions.

Science Fair Educator Workshops

Science Fair workshops are offered between September and November for schools, complexes, and districts throughout the state.  Workshops cover rules, forms, and procedures for science fairs and are recommended for all interested educators.  Contact your school, district, or state coordinator to schedule a workshop.  REGISTRATION is required to attend -  please email the Academy at acadsci@hawaii.edu or phone 808-956-7930

Looking for a Mentor for a Student?

The Academy may be able to find mentors for students.  Contact the Academy and please submit the student's question, hypothesis, research plan and any other information to help the potential mentor understand the experiment and what type of help is needed.  Background information about the student may also be included, i.e. age.  We will do our best to help you find an available mentor in your student's field of study.

School Visitation at HSSEF

Teachers and schools are encouraged to bring their students (grades 5 and up) to the Hawai'i Science and Engineering Fair.  This year the fair will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center, Ground Floor in Exhibit II.  Visitation Day will be held on Wednesday, April 12th from 8:30am - 10:00am

Please RSVP by calling 956-7930 or emailing the Academy at:  acadsci@hawaii.edu


Teacher Resources

We are fortunate to have so many passionate teachers in our network who have been active participants, volunteers and advocates of the science fair over the years.  These teachers, and many many more have committed countless hours and have graciously agreed to share their information to assist those new to the process or need a helping hand.

Island Pacific Academy teacher, Michelle Bradley has been instrumental in our workshops, working with teachers statewide to build projects, create timelines as well as providing helpful ideas for integrating science fair projects into the classroom.  Click on any of the following to download her documents along with the ISEF forms and wizard to assist with the infamous form process!

  1. Build a Project Workshop Slides
  2. Lab Report Template
  3. Science Fair Handbook
  4. ISEF Forms
  5. ISEF Wizard

Julia Segawa, a Science Teacher at Stevenson Middle School has her own website that can assist with the year-round planning needed for starting at the school level and working towards the District and State Fairs.  CLICK HERE to see all of her amazing planning resources, tips and tools for creating award-winning projects!

Judging Criteria

The Hawai'i State Science and Engineering Fair is an International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) affiliate and therefore, follows the guidelines, criteria and requirements established by ISEF.  The following links can also be found on their webpage HERE.

We have provided a document version that can be used as a guide and/or at School and District Fairs for judging purposes.  Please see below:

  • CLICK HERE for the ISEF criteria for Research Projects
  • CLICK HERE for the ISEF criteria for Engineering Projects

Display Board Rules

Be ahead of the game!  Make a smooth transition from School Fair to District, States and eventually to ISEF by following the official rules and guidelines.  Avoid red flags and/or disqualification by CLICKING HERE and reading valuable information on display size, proper photo crediting, allowable and non-allowable items at the fair and much much more.

Human Subjects

CLICK HERE for rules regarding use of human subjects.  ANY research project that has human involvement at ANY level must adhere to these guidelines.  Research plans should be submitted to the school level Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval and signatures PRIOR to experimentation.  Please see your teacher for more information on how to obtain access to your IRB committee.

Vertebrate Animals and Potentially Hazardous Projects

Projects using vertebrate animals or potentially hazardous materials as outlined by ISEF rules are subject to Safety Review Committee (SRC) approval.  CLICK HERE for vertebrate guidelines, and CLICK HERE to see if your project is a potentially hazardous project.  Projects under these two categories must obtain approval and signatures PRIOR to experimentation.  Please see your teacher for more information on how to obtain access to the SRC.