Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

April 11 - 13, 2019 at Colorado State University - Fort Collins
2019 CSEF Tentative Schedule

Everything associated with your project (display board, notebooks, devices, etc.) MUST fit within the following dimensions:

  • Height from the floor to the top of the display board cannot exceed 108 inches (274 cm)

  • Width from side to side cannot exceed 48 inches (122 cm)

  • Depth from front to back cannot exceed 30 inches (76 cm)

At the CSEF, tables are provided for students and will not exceed a height of 36 inches. Your display board must be free standing and cannot be attached to the table in any way.

Students may use the space underneath the table provided for additional project items, as long as nothing sticks out into the aisle or otherwise goes outside the above dimensions allowed.

Your research notebook may include your notes, the research paper, background research, etc., but the first section MUST include the following forms (in no particular order):

  • Signed Official CSEF Abstract (printed from the web site)

  • Signed Checklist for Adult Sponsor Form 1

  • Student Checklist Form 1A

  • Research Plan

  • Signed Approval Form 1B

  • All other pertinent forms that apply to your project (Form 2, Form 3, Form 7, Form 5A or 5B, Form 4, Form 6A, Form 6B)

Please note: completed Human Subject Consent Forms should NOT be kept in the research notebook or brought to the CSEF. These should be locked up with the Adult Sponsor or at the place of research.

The following items are NOT allowed as part of the project display (either on the board or on the table):

  • Living organisms (including live plants, insects, etc.)

  • Soil, sand, rock, waste samples, etc.

  • Glass or glass objects, unless deemed by the CSEF Display & Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project and only allowed during judging

  • Taxidermy specimens or parts

  • Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals

  • Human or animal food

  • Human or animal parts or body fluids

  • Plant materials (living, dead or preserved) that are in their raw, commercially unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (exception: construction materials used in building the project or display)

  • All chemicals, including water (project may NOT use any liquid as part of a demonstration)

  • All hazardous substances or devices (for example: poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, lasers, etc.)

  • Items that may have contained or been in contact with hazardous chemicals

  • Dry ice

  • Sharp items (for example: syringes, needles, pipettes, knives, etc.)

  • Flames or highly flammable materials (including magnified light sources)

  • Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells (regular store bought batteries that have not been altered are okay)

  • Lasers or laser pointers

  • 3D printers

  • Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the CSEF Scientific Review Committee, the CSEF Display & Safety Committee or CSEF Board of Directors

The display of photographs, other than that of the student researcher(s) MUST have a photo release (this is difference than the Human Subjects Informed Consent Form) signed by the individual, and if under 18, also by the parent or guardian. Sample text: "I consent to the use of visual images (photos, videos, etc.) involving my participation/my child's participation in this research project."

ALL photographs, visual images, charts, tables, and/or graphs MUST follow these guidelines:

  • Is not offensive or inappropriate (which includes, but is not limited to images/photographs showing vertebrate animals or humans in surgical, necrotizing or dissection situations) as determined by the CSEF Display & Safety Committee, the CSEF Scientific Review Committee or CSEF Board of Directors. The decision regarding the display of any image made by any one of these groups is final.

  • Has a credit line of origin ("Photo taken by . . ." or "Image taken from . . . " or Graph/Chart/Table created by . . . ") for each and EVERY photo, image, graph, etc. If all images, etc. were taken or created by the student researcher(s) or are form the same source, one credit line prominently and vertically displayed on the display board is sufficient.

  • Images used as part of a printed background must also be credited.

  • Images from the Internet must have the SPECIFIC URL the image can be found (just citing Google Images is NOT good enough!).

Please make note these additional guidelines about any apparatus or device you may want to bring to the CSEF:

  • Any apparatus that is inadequately insulated and produces extreme temperatures that may cause physical burns is NOT allowed.

  • Any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains or moving parts with tension or pinch points must be for display only and NOT operated at any time.

  • Any project item that produces sound, light, or odors must not be distracting to other students.

No changes to the display may be made once the Display & Safety Inspection has been completed and the student's photo has been taken.

The CSEF Board of Directors, Scientific Review Committee and/or Display & Safety Committee reserve the right to remove any project for safety reasons or to protect the integrity of the CSEF and its rules and regulations.

The following items are not allowed as part of the display area of the project:

  • Items meant to be handed out to judges or the public, such as business cards flags, logos, CDs, DVDs, flash drives, brochures, booklets, endorsements, etc.

  • Previous awards or medals won by the student.

  • Acknowledgments (graphic or written) thanking people who helped with the project.

  • Personal contact information such as postal addresses, URLs, email addresses, social media accounts, QR codes, telephone, etc. of the student researcher(s).

  • A project cannot include active Internet or email connections as part of the display or operation of the project.

  • For continuation projects, the display board can ONLY include THIS YEAR's data, conclusions, analysis, etc. (exception: the project title may mention the year the project is in). All previous year's material may be present in notebooks at the project.


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