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Getting Started - Intermediate/Senior

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Rules for Intermediate & Senior (Grades 9-12) Projects

High School projects will need to meet both the YSC (Youth Science Canada) rules, the same as Junior projects above, and also the ISEF (International Science & Engineering Fair) rules, which can be much more strict.

There are also helpful tips in the ISEF Student Handbook, and check out our Intermediate/Senior Forms Listing. Even though High School projects must meet both YSC and ISEF rules, only ISEF forms need to be completed. 

Step by Step

The following should give you an idea of what order to proceed with the steps involved in your Science Fair Project:

  1. Pick your topic. Possibly the most difficult part, but check out the Science Success! handbook and our Project Resources page.
  2. Research your topic. Learn more from the internet, the library, your science teacher, and other resources.
  3. Check out the Rules. Use the "Wizard" questionnaires listed above for to determine the rules and forms you will need.
    Some projects may need to be approved by a teacher or school before you start, and some projects may also need to be conducted in appropriate facilities or under scientific supervision.
  4. Make a Time Table and Plan your Experiment.
  5. Consult with your Adult Supervisor and Get Required Approvals.
  6. Conduct your Experiment. Keep detailed notes of every experiment and measurement, track your data in a journal or log book.
  7. Analyze your Results.
  8. Draw Conclusions, and write up your results.
  9. Parent/Guardian must consent to each student's participation in the Fair.
  10. Register for BASEF on time. Online Registration begins February 2015Make sure to record your Registration ID number.
  11. Use the ISEF Rules Wizard and the Forms Listing to determine which Forms you need for your project.  Keep your forms in a safe place, and bring them with you to the fair.
  12. The Registrar may request that you email us your project forms before the fair.  If we request your forms and do not receive them before the fair, then your project will be disqualified and you will not be permitted to display.
  13. Prepare a project backboard for display at the Fair with your project details. Pay attention to all the Display and Safety Rules involved!
  14. Print out the BASEF Consent Form - students and a parent/guardian must sign this form and bring it with them to registration when they arrive for project setup.
  15. See you at the Science Fair!

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