Fair Announcements

It is never too early to plan for your local science fair. The final date to register online for the Regional Science Fair is Friday, February 2, 2018.

Ball State University will host the East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair in Ball Gymnasium on February 17, 2018.

Our regional fair includes all schools, whether public, private or parochial, in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Howard, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Tipton, Union, and Wayne counties. Students may participate in competition in one of three divisions:

  • Elementary (grades 3rd-5th) Each elementary school is limited to three exhibitors per grade. Awards will be made by grades in the elementary division. 
  • Junior (grades 6, 7, 8) There are no limitations on the number of exhibitors in the junior division.
  • Senior (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) There are no limitations on the number of exhibitors in the senior division.

The junior and senior divisions will be divided into the following categories. Please note that the categories have changed to reflect changes at the state and international science fairs.  The Student Registration Form includes descriptions of each category.

  • Behavioral Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medical/Biomedical/Health Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Physics/Astronomy
  • Zoology/Animal Sciences
  • Energy
  • Engineering & Robotics
  • Computer Science

There are no limitations from industries, societies, and armed forces for which all students are eligible to compete.

Rules for the Regional Science Fair will be the same as the rules for the International Fair. The last page of the ISEF Rules Wizard contains required forms to be submitted with projects, Society for Science.org - Click on INTEL ISEF - Choose Rules and Guidelines.  Elementary students do not need to submit these forms.

Some of the more important and misunderstood rules are:

  1. Experimental projects in any field of science or mathematics are acceptable. Projects should be experiments with data, not just demonstrations.
  2. No live animals, plants, plant parts, soils, chemicals (including containers filled with water), or food may be exhibited with student's projects.
  3. No dangerous chemicals may be exhibited. (volcano -ammonia dichromate, acids, strong bases)
  4. No open flames or combustible materials may be exhibited.
  5. Table space of 76cm by 122cm and floor to top of 274cm is allowed.
  6. Electricity (110 volts) will be available but no gas or water.
  7. No portable chairs, due to fire code.