... is what the fair is all about: the ideas, the tinkering, trials, errors, successes, and finally the presentation that brings it all together. This section of the BASEF site will help you from conception and planning, to execution and registration, to display and judging.
Make sure to read the rules and regulations; they may not make for an exciting read, but they're very important. The rules are there to make sure that the competition is fair and safe. And breaking the rules could mean having to get rid of part of your display, or even having your project disqualified. You'll also find links to some important safety and ethics forms which may be required for your project.
Registration & Scientific Review Forms
On-line registration will take place from noon on Wednesday, February 7th to noon on Wednesday, March 7th. The Registration page has an overview and step-by-step instructions with links to the electronic and paper forms. Please note that many projects will require ethics and safety forms filled out before or after experimentation begins; see the Scientific-Review Forms section of the Rules for more information.
Where to Start? How to Proceed? When am I Done?
Wondering were to begin? Have an idea and are not sure where to go with it? The Science Success! student guide and workbook have been designed by BASEF organizers to help you learn about the scientific process while producing a well-designed project. Have a look at our Project Resources page for links to sites which will get you thinking, get you started, give you information about research methods, and provide hints and tips on project presentation.
Levels and Divisions
Students compete in three levels:
- Junior: grades 7 - 8
- Intermediate: grades 9 - 10
- Senior: grades 11 - 12
Projects are assigned to one of the following divisions:
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Engineering and Computing Sciences
- Life Sciences (non-human)
- Health Sciences (human)
- Physical and Mathematical Science
For details, see the Levels & Divisions page.