N.C. Student Academy of Science District 3
The NC Central Region 3A Science and Engineering Fair is held at Hillside High School in Durham on the second Saturday in February of each year. Region 3A includes Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Wilson counties.
Students in grades 3-12 who win at the science and engineering fair held at their school or their school district qualify to attend the regional fair. If a school or school district does not have a pre-qualifying fair, and a student wants to participate in the regional fair, an administrator or a science teacher may sponsor the student’s registration; the student will represent their school at the fair.
At the fair students compete in the Elementary, Junior (Middle School), and Senior categories. Students who are judged winners at the regional fair become eligible to participate in the statewide science and engineering fair held in Raleigh. The NC Central Region 3A fair is affiliated with the Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) and has the distinct privilege of selecting one senior project to compete in the International Fair. Region 3A students have competed successfully at Intel ISEF for the past five years.
As an Intel ISEF affiliate, all students who register for the Region 3A fair must complete and submit the Intel ISEF forms. These forms provide the information needed to review the project before the fair is held. More information about the NC Region 3A Fair is posted here. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The District Level N.C. Student Academy of Science (NCSAS) District 3 Competition is scheduled on the same day as the NC Central Region 3A Science and Engineering Fair. Students in grades 6-12 may participate in both events on the same day. For more information about NCSAS, visit : www.ncsas.org
Student registration for the fair takes place at this site. An operable e-mail address is required for student registration. Late entries will not be accepted.
1. Students who have been selected by their local Fair to advance to the Regional level are eligible to participate in the regional fair. Registration must be completed here; students may have assistance to complete the registration process from their Science Fair Coordinator, School Official or parent. For Home Schoolers registration should be submitted by the Home School Science Fair Coordinator. REGISTRATION must be completed online by February 3, 2018.
2. A $30.00 registration fee per project is due by February 3, 2018. The fee can be paid online OR paid by check. Make checks payable to: Central Region 3A Science and Engineering Fair and mail the check to: Barrington Ross, Central Region 3A Science and Engineering Fair, c/o Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707
ALL STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THE PROPER ISEF FORMS ONLINE BEFORE REGISTRATION IS COMPLETE!
The ISEF rules and forms may be viewed here
Display and Safety Rules (Rules, Categories, and Display Regulations) - Please review here
1. Displays are restricted to space 122 cm(side to side), 61 cm deep (front to back) and 274 cm in height (floor to top). If electricity is needed, this MUST be indicated on the entry form. A 25 foot electrical cord should accompany projects needing electricity.
2. Experimental procedures with animals which involve diets deficient in essential nutrients, discomfort, pain, or death will be disqualified. The State Science Fair Code of Practice on the Use of Animals in Schools will be strictly adhered to. No live or preserved animals should be brought to the fair.
3. Dangerous items associated with the students’ projects are not allowed on the display floor. Dangerous items include, but are not limited to, the following:
- toxic, caustic, flammable, or explosive chemicals
- harmful bacteria, fungi, or parasites
- ionizing radiation
- high voltage/amperage electric equipment or improperly shielded electrical equipment.
4. The Science Fair Director or designee may refuse to accept any entry and/or exhibit any project for reasons of safety or in the best interest of the fair.
5. Any project that does not follow the Official Rules will be disqualified and the exhibit will not be judged.
6. No gas or running water will be available for exhibits.
7. Exhibitors must bring hardware needed to set up projects such as screwdrivers, hammers, electrical adapters, etc. A 25 foot electrical cord should accompany projects needing electricity.
8. Exhibitors must set up and take down projects during the designated times.
9.Exhibitors must remain with their projects during the interview period until they are excused by the judges or the Regional Science Fair Director.
10. Recognition will be awarded to the top three projects in each Junior and Senior category and other projects that deserve honorable mention. Eight Elementary projects will be selected as Exemplary Projects.
11. The top two winners in the seven Junior and Senior categories will be eligible to advance to the State Science Fair. The Eight Exemplary Projects in the Elementary division will be eligible to advance to the State Science Fair.
12. All students who have projects that are eligible for the State Science Fair must register online for the NC Science and Engineering Fair by February 28, 2018 and submit all forms and paperwork for review at that time.
13. All decisions of the Regional Science Fair Director and Judges are final.
Judging Criteria for Science Projects
I. Research Question (10 pts)
- clear and focused question that identifies a contribution to the field of study that is testable using scientific methods
II. Design and Methodology (15 pts)
-well designed plan and data collection methods, variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete
III. Execution: Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation (20 pts)
- systematic data collection and analysis,
reproducibility of results,
appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods,
sufficient data collected to support interpretation and conclusions
IV. Creativity (20 pts)
- The questions asked are student initiated and original; the approach to solving the problem is creative, equipment is creatively used or had to be made/modified; interpretationof the data shows creative and original thinking by student
V. Presentation (35 pts)
a. Poster (10 pts) logical organization of material, clarity of graphics and legends, supporting documentation displayed
b. Interview (25 pts) student provides clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions demonstrates understanding of basic science relevant to project, demonstrates understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions demonstrates independence in conducting project recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics, student is curious about ideas for further research, for team projects: all members contributed and understood the project
Judging Criteria for Engineering Projects
I. Research Problem (10 pts)
clear and focused description of a practical need or problem to be solved
definition of criteria for proposed solution
explanation of constraints
II. Design and Methodology (15 pts)
exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem
identification of a solution
development of a prototype/model
III. Execution: Construction and Testing (20 pts)
prototype demonstrates intended design
prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials
prototype demonstrates engineering skill and completeness
IV. Creativity (20 pts)
project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria
V. Presentation (35 pts)
a. Poster (10 pts) - logical organization of material, clarity of graphics and legends. supporting documentation displayed
b. Interview (25 pts) - student provides clear, concise, thoughtful responses to questions, demonstrates understanding of basic science relevant to project, demonstrates understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions, demonstrates independence in conducting project, recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics, student is curious about ideas for further research (for team projects: all members contributed and understood the project)
The Region 3A NCSEF would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their tireless support.
With their commitment, students have an opportunity to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge projects,
and compete annually for awards and scholarships.
If you would like to become a sponsor of the Region 3A NCSEF please contact Mr. Barrington Ross for more information.