How is your school structured?


An Elementary
School

Kindergarten thru 6th
grade; Kindergarten
thru 5th grade; or some
similar combination.

K-8 School

Kindergarten thru
8th grade.

A Middle School

A Middle School:
Grades 7 and 8;
Grades 6, 7, and 8;
or some similar combination.

High School

9th grade thru 12th grade;
10th grade thru 12th grade;
or some similar combina-
tion. Note that 9th graders
in a Middle School are
considered to be in High
School.

Entry Fee

ALL Schools must register before midnight Monday, February 3, 2014.  Tiered Entry Fee Based upon Payment DATE!

Entry Fee STARTING February 1, 2014 - $200.00 per school
Entry Fee STARTING March 1, 2014 - $300 per school

*NOTE: $30 in additional Fees Apply to K-8 & 5th thru 8th Grade Schools!

Please make checks payable to: Nevada Science Fair, Inc.

Mail to: George T. Ochs, Executive Director WNRSEF 1331 Davidson Way Reno, NV 89509


Participant/Project Registration

Participant registration must be submitted using the WEBSITE System on or before Thursday, March 6, 2014. There will be NO on-site registration.


Basic rules and information 


Elementary Schools may send a combined total of 7 (seven) individual, group, or class projects regardless of grade level. Each school is responsible for determining which projects will be submitted to the Regional science fair. NO ADDITIONAL PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade will ONLY be allowed to enter Classroom Projects. 3rd Grade thru 5th Grade Elementary will have 3 (three) Categories: 1) INDIVIDUAL: done by a single individual 2) TEAM: done by two or three individuals 3) CLASS: done by four or more individuals. 6th Grade Elementary will ONLY have 2 (two) categories: 1) INDIVIDUAL: done by a single individual 2) TEAM: done by two or three individuals.


K-8 Schools may send a combined total of 9 (nine) individual, group, or class projects regardless of grade level. Each school is responsible for determining which projects will be submitted to the Regional science fair.      NO ADDITIONAL PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.   $30 IN ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY!

Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade will ONLY be allowed to enter Classroom Projects. 3rd Grade thru 5th Grade Elementary will have 3 (three) Categories: 1) INDIVIDUAL: done by a single individual 2) TEAM: done by two or three individuals 3) CLASS: done by four or more individuals. 6th Grade Elementary will ONLY have 2 (two) categories: 1) INDIVIDUAL: one by a single individual 2) TEAM: done by two or three individuals.

All 7th & 8th Grade School Projects must be identified in ONE of the following Disciplines (Maximum of 3 Projects per Discipline)- Physical Science (MSPS), Life Science (MSLS), Earth/Environmental (MSENV), Engineering (MSENG), or Mathematics/Computers (MSMATH) and may enter the Categories: 1) INDIVIDUAL: done by a single individual OR 2) TEAM: done by two or three individual.



SCIENCE DISCIPLINE DEFINITIONS
Physical Science-
dealing with inanimate matter or with energy
Life Science-
dealing with living organisms, their life processes, and their interrelationships
Earth/Environmental-
dealing with the earth, its composition, or any of its changing aspects OR concerned with the physical, chemical, and biological conditions of the environment and their effect on organisms
Mathematics/Computers-
dealing with the study of the measurement, relationship, and/or properties of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols OR dealing with the storage, transformation and transfer of information
Engineering-
the application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems



Middle Schools with 7th & 8th Grade, 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade or any similar combination may send 3 (three) Projects per Discipline for a MAXIMUM of 15 Projects. NO ADDITIONAL PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

6th, 7th & 8th Grade Middle School Projects must be identified in ONE of the following Disciplines (Maximum of 3 Projects per Discipline)- Physical Science (MSPS), Life Science (MSLS), Earth/Environmental (MSENV), Engineering (MSENG), or Mathematics/Computers (MSMATH) and may enter the Categories: 1) INDIVIDUAL: done by a single individual OR 2) TEAM: done by two or three individual. NO ADDITIONAL PROJECTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.Middle Schools with 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Grade may send a MAXIMUM of 17 Projects.  The two additional projects are ONLY for 5th Grade Projects that may be Individual, Team, or Classroom Projects. $30 IN ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY!


High Schools: 9th grade thru 12th grade; 10th grade thru 12th grade; or some similar combination. Note that 9th graders in a Middle School are considered to be in High School. Each Participant must complete and submit a High School Entry Form (Resources link) along with their Abstract to ochsg@charter.net by Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Only those projects completing the Western Nevada Regional Science & Engineering forms and the Intel ISEF Forms will be allowed to compete in the Regional Science Fair. ISEF forms can be obtained from their website- http://www.societyforscience.org/isef  All forms and rules must be completed and followed before the projects will be allowed to advance to the ISEF.

Students working with the Medical School and/or University of Nevada and their advisor must have all the Medical School and/or University paperwork signed before the start of research at the Medical School or University. Students should contact the Regional Fair Scientific Review Committee Chairman, Dr. Richard Simmonds, at rsimmonds@unr.edu for additional information. All requests for approval by the Regional Fair Institutional Review Board and/or Scientific Review Committee must be into the Regional Fair Director by Friday, January 31, 2014.

All projects involving animals or humans require approval by your school IRB PRIOR to the start of any experimentation and a copy must be sent to the Regional Fair Director on or before Friday, January 31, 2014.

PROJECTS WITH INCOMPLETE OR IMPROPER IRB WILL FAIL TO QUALIFY!

The high school categories are: ENGINEERING; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (projects in Earth & Space Sciences); LIFE SCIENCES (projects in Behavioral & Social Sciences, Medicine & Health, Microbiology, Zoology & Botany); PHYSICAL SCIENCES (projects in Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics); and MATHEMATICS / COMPUTER SCIENCES.

Students may enter as an INDIVIDUAL or a member of a TEAM PROJECT (Maximum of three students). All high school entrants must be available for interviews by the judges from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM on the night of Wednesday, March 26, 2014.


A Science Fair Check Sheet MUST be completed by Fair Director/Exhibitor(s)/Parent AND MUST be attached to Back Right Side Panel of Science Fair Display Board OR the Invention Display Board prior to WNRS&EF.

Local Scientific Review Committee (LSRC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Individual schools are required to set-up an a LSRC for Elementary & Middle Schools and an IRB for High Schools, to review project ideas involving animals and humans. An LSRC &/or IRB description is found on the Fair Website.

Projects must have a copy of the LSRC taped to the Back Right Panel of the Elementary & Middle School Projects. High School Project IRBs must be sent to the Fair Director on or before Friday, February 1, 2013. Display & Safety will not approve projects that do not meet this requirement.

Projects with incomplete or improper LSRC or IRB will "fail to qualify!"
All projects must be checked first by Display and Safety before they can register and set-up. Failure to be reviewed and approved for set-up by Display & Safety will cause the project to be disqualified. Please see Display & Safety Rules.

Projects must be set-up between: 12:00 Noon and 5:30 PM on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Projects & Inventions not removed by 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 will be discarded.

All participating schools will be E-MAILED a list of winners by 2:00 am on Thursday, March 27, 2014. A listing of ALL winners will be POSTED on the Fair Website as soon as the results are available (First place to look for winners). Schools are responsible for notifying the winners. Our AWARDS CEREMONYwill be held at Lawlor Events Center on the Mezzanine Level starting at 6:30 PM March 27, 2014.

If you attend the ceremony, please plan to remain for the entire ceremony as a courtesy to all award recipients. The ceremony lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Each participating school is responsible for having a representative at the awards ceremony. Awards not picked up at the ceremony will NOT be sent to individual schools.

Each Regional Science Fair participant will receive a participation ribbon at registration. The top four individual winners per grade and division will receive trophies. Up to five Honorable Mention Ribbons per grade may also be awarded. The top four group winners per grade and division will receive metals. The top four class winners per grade will receive ribbons (one ribbon per class).  Please Note: Honorable Mention Awards will be attached directly to the student project. The names will not appear in the program; however, these awards will be identified on our website.

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