Science Fair Rules

If any of the following rules are not followed, the participant/project may be disqualified.

Registration rules

In order to be considered eligible for participation, the Project Application Form, Release Form, Registration Fee, and Live Vertebrate Animal Form (if applicable) must be submitted by the registration deadline. Incomplete forms and unpaid submissions will not be processed. If you have just submitted your forms and fee, please allow 2 – 3 business days for form processing. If confirmation has not been received, it is the participant’s responsibility to confirm receipt of all application materials.

General rules

  • In order to be considered eligible for Science Fair prizes and/or awards, participants MUST be present at the time of their age group's check-in and awards ceremony. Projects checked in by parents, teachers, or guardians will not be considered eligible for awards. Participants must be present to collect any awards, raffle prizes or goodie bags in person.
  • An individual exhibit is constructed by one person only. Each student may enter only one exhibit.
  • Each student is responsible for his/her own project. TWU assumes no responsibility for any project or the materials included therein at any time.
  • All projects must be checked in by the scheduled time or will forfeit participation in the Science Fair. No projects will be received before the scheduled check-in times under any circumstances.
  • TWU does not assume responsibility for any child. A parent or designated guardian must be in attendance with participant/student/child at all times.
  • All exhibits must be constructed by students. Teachers or other technically trained people may give information and advice only.
  • Posters must be self-supporting.
  • No student's name, school name, or photo of student (recognizable facial image) may be displayed on an exhibit.
  • Size of exhibit is limited to 30 inches in depth, 48 inches in width, and 108 inches in height from the floor to the top of the exhibit. Maximum project size includes all project materials, supports, and demonstrations for judges. If a table is used it becomes part of the display and must not exceed the allowed dimensions nor may the table plus any part of the project exceed the allowed dimensions.
  • Journals are recommended but not required.
  • All equipment and other necessary material must be furnished by exhibitor; 110 volt outlets will be available but must be specifically requested prior to the registration deadline.
  • If electricity is needed, exhibitor must furnish an extension cord at least 15 feet in length.
  • Safety precautions must be strictly observed, or project will be disqualified.
  • No prior trophies, ribbons or awards may be displayed.
  • No logos or acknowledgements are allowed on the display.

Group project rules

  • Group projects may have a maximum of 3 team members.
  • Group projects will be eligible for a group trophy in the elementary divisions only (K-6), and will be divided between K-3 and 4-6. For example: A 1st and 3rd grade participant are permitted form a group together, but a 1st and 4th grade participant are not eligible to enter as a group.
  • Each group member must pay the entry fee. An entry form is required for each team member.

Live vertebrate animal project rules

  • If students choose to conduct experiments using live vertebrate animals, the Live Vertebrate Animal Form must be completed and submitted by the deadline.
  • No vertebrate animals are allowed to accompany the project.