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Important Dates & Times

Friday February 18, 2022 at 1:30 PM
Friday February 18, 2022 at 2:15 PM

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February 12-18, 2022

To participate in this year's fair, students will need to 1) create a ZFairs account, and 2) register for the STEM Fair through the Community Education Office.

Students can begin creating their Zfair accounts starting on Friday, November 5, 2021. Students who require  Scientific Review Committee approvals should upload their fair paperwork and their completed research plan as soon as they are able after this date. SRC pre-approval for the 2022 RRSEF must be completed no later than Thursday, December 17, 2021. Virtual SRC Review dates will be announced on our Facebook page and our STEM Fair website, www.rochesterce.org/rochstemfair.

  • November 8, 2021: Community Education registration opens.
  • January 21, 2022: All ISEF paperwork must be uploaded into Zfairs, and individuals must be registered for the STEM Fair through Community Education for review and approval.
  • February 9, 2022: All videos and supporting images must be uploaded into Zfairs for judging.
  • February 12, 2022: Virtual project review opens for judges.
  • February 15, 2022: In-person research paper judging night at Friedell Middle School.
  • February 18, 2022: In-person STEM Fair at the Regional Sports Center at RCTC.

 

 

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Be Ready for the STEM Fair

To participate in this year's fair, you need to 1) create a ZFairs account, and 2) register for the STEM Fair through the Community Education Office. You can begin creating your Zfair account on Friday, November 5, 2021. Community  Education registration begins on Monday, November 8, 2021. All ISEF paperwork must be uploaded into Zfairs for review and approval, and all individuals must be registered for the STEM Fair through Community Education by Friday, January 21, 2022.

High school students whose projects use human subjects, vertebrate animals, or hazardous materials, likely need Scientific Review Committee (SRC) Approval. Complete the ISEF Rules Wizard to determine what ISEF paperwork is required to be uploaded in advance of  your SRC meeting. SRC pre-approval for the 2022 STEM Fair must be completed no later than Thursday, December 17, 2021.

For middle school students whose project involves human participants, vertebrate animals, or hazardous materials, ask your school building coordinator if you need to attend a Scientific Review Committee (SRC) meeting. Most, but not all, middle school projects can be approved by the building coordinator (as Form 1B, section 2 local fair signatory), unless he or she feels a project has complexity that requires a more formal review.

  • Registration through the Community Education Office will close on Friday, January 21, 2022. You are required to upload all ISEF paperwork into your Zfairs account by this deadline date.
  • Video URLs for project judging must by uploaded no later than Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Your project materials will be available for judges to review between February 12-16, 2022.
  • Research paper judging will occur on the evening of February 15, 2022 at Friedell Middle School.

Paperwork and Video Requirements

All project posters, research papers, and videos must abide by the ISEF Rules and Regulations before being submitted.

To participate in the STEM Fair, you will need to upload the following in your Zfairs account:

  • ISEF Paperwork with appropriate signatures and dates, scanned/saved as PDF files, by January 21, 2022 (or before your SRC Review, if needed).
    • Middle School paperwork for the STEM Fair and Minnesota State Fair only requires ISEF Forms 1, 1A, 1B, a research plan, and an abstract.
  • A Video or Narrated Slideshow that outlines your research question, project design, results, conclusions, and next steps. Video URLs must be uploaded into Zfairs by February 9, 2022.
    • The recommended presentation length for narrated slideshows/videos is 5-6 minutes. No presentation can be longer than 10 minutes.
    • File size may not exceed 3GB.
    • Students can choose to create a video of themselves presenting in front of a physical display (poster, display board, etc.), or they may choose to create a narrated slideshow for their presentation video.
      • You can have any items needed for demonstration purposes present. Be sure to highlight the specific photos, graphs, charts, demos, etc. that may be important to clearly by stepping aside and zooming in or adding them to your submitted images.
      • You can splice videos, images, screencasts, etc. into your video or slideshow, but the length of embedded videos will count towards the 10-minute maximum your presentation is allotted.
      • Narrated PowerPoint (or other slideshow format) presentations must be saved as a video file (do not submit a .pptx file).
    • For team projects, all team members must be represented in the presentation video and must present for a portion of the video. Each team member should mention their major contribution to the project. Team project presentation videos must not exceed the 10 minute maximum allotted to all project presentations.
  • 1 to 3 Photos related to project (i.e. photo of full poster, photo taken during research, screen shot of important graph). Photos must be uploaded into Zfairs by February 9, 2022.
    • All photographs, images, diagrams, Internet images, & graphs must be credited (you can include credit directly on the image or you can mention it during your presentation video. Example: “All photographs & graphs are by student.” “Internet image is found at www.samplewebsite.com”).
    • If you are using images of people you must receive subject permission before submitting.
    • You are not allowed to submit a research paper or science journal.
  • Research Paper Category participants should send an email with a PDF of their research paper to lihiggs@rochesterschools.org no later than February 9, 2022 for review by this year's judging panel.

 

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Thank You for Helping Make the STEM Fair a Success

The hardest part of the STEM Fair often seems to be getting all the correct paperwork turned in with the right signatures and the right dates. We hope that you will find the tracking options available in ZFairs easy to use and of help in managing your students' paperwork. Your ability as teachers and building coordinators to electronically sign the Adult Sponsor Checklist form is especially useful. Middle school coordinators also have the option to sign, as a local fair signatory, a middle school student's Form 1B, section 2 - for student projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, and hazardous materials/processes) - unless she or he feels a project has complexity that requires a more formal SRC Review.

We appreciate your time and attention as you make sure your individual students have completed the necessary paperwork before our paperwork and registration deadline of January 21, 2021.

Paperwork and Video Requirements

All project posters, research papers, and videos must abide by the ISEF Rules and Regulations before being submitted. You will be sent the in-person Display and Safety Handout via email to share with your students this fall. Detailed guidelines for project displays, research papers, and videos/narrated slideshows are also available on our website.

To participate in the STEM Fair, your students will need to upload the following in their Zfairs account:

  • ISEF Paperwork with appropriate signatures and dates, scanned/saved as PDF files, by January 21, 2022 (or before your SRC Review, if needed).
    • Middle School paperwork for the STEM Fair and Minnesota State Fair only requires ISEF Forms 1, 1A, 1B, a research plan, and an abstract.
  • A Video or Narrated Slideshow that is no more than 10 minutes (5-6 minutes preferred) and that outlines their research question, project design, results, conclusions, and next steps. Video URLs must be uploaded into Zfairs by February 9, 2022. 
    • Students can choose to create a video of themselves presenting in front of a physical display (poster, display board, etc.), or they may choose to create a narrated slideshow for their presentation video. Narrated PowerPoint (or other slideshow format) presentations must be saved as a video file (do not submit a .pptx file). We highly recommend a building-wide STEM Fair google folder, with contents available to those who have a link, be created to house student videos in a secure manner that also allows judges easy access to the material.
  • 1 to 3 Photos related to project (i.e. photo of full poster, photo taken during research, screen shot of important graph). Photos must be uploaded into Zfairs by February 9, 2022.
    • All photographs, images, diagrams, Internet images, & graphs must be credited (you can include credit directly on the image or you can mention it during your presentation video. Example: “All photographs & graphs are by student.” “Internet image is found at www.samplewebsite.com”).
    • If you are using images of people you must receive subject permission before submitting.
    • You are not allowed to submit a research paper or science journal.
  • Research Paper Category participants should send an email with a PDF of their research paper to lihiggs@rochesterschools.org no later than February 9, 2022 for review by this year's judging panel.

 

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STEM Fair Judging - Virtual and In-Person

Thank you for agreeing to serve as a judge for this year's STEM Fair.

Project Judges

Whether you are an online or an in-person judge, you will have access to the following items in Zfairs, our online platform:

  • Student videos that outline a research question, project design, results, conclusions, and next steps. Recommended video length for research project videos is 5-6 minutes. No video should be longer than 10 minutes.
  • 1 to 3 photos related to project (i.e. photo of full poster, photo taken during research, screen shot of important graph).

Online project judges will be able to view these videos and photos, complete their judging forms, and offer comments on student projects in the Zfairs platform between Saturday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 16, 2022. In-person project judges will be able to view the videos in advance of the in-person competition on the morning of Friday, February 18, 2022; however, they will not score their projects online.

Research Paper Judges

Student research papers will be shared with judges through a Google Drive Folder on Thursday, February 10, 2022, in advance of in-person research paper judging on the evening of Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Research paper judges will have access to a rubric in the Zfairs platform and can provide comments on student papers in advance of the live judging. However, ranking student research papers will not take place until after the research presentations on February 15.

We thank you in advance for offering your encouragement and experience to our students, who learn so much from your comments and suggestions.

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