Who Can Enter the Middle School Science Fair Competition?

All students from grades 6-8 in our seven-county region are invited to enter the science fair competition. Students compete for trips, cash prizes, and awards. Please see the Region II Science Fair Handbook for more information. 


 What You Need to Know Before Starting a Project

All students are strongly encouraged to complete ISEF's Rules Wizard with a teacher or mentor before beginning a science fair project. Before experimentation begins, the Montana Region II Science and Engineering Fair Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Scientific Review Committee (SRC) must review and approve most projects involving human participants; vertebrate animals; potentially hazardous biological agents; and hazardous chemicals, activities, or devices. 

Note: If a project involves the testing of a student designed invention, prototype, or concept by a human, an IRB review and approval may be required prior to experimentation.  

Please expect three to five working days for the local IRB/SRC to review your submission. 

Please review the following ISEF Rules:

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS FOR REVIEW TO LEANNE FROST AT leanne.frost@gfcmsu.edu.


Middle School Rules

Complete the ISEF's Rules Wizard with a teacher or mentor before beginning your science fair project. Projects involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, hazardous materials/activities, or biological agents require three adult sponsors willing to oversee the project. Visit the Student Society for Science website for a complete listing of the INTEL ISEF Rules & Guidelines and forms. Please Note: projects not involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, hazardous materials/activities, or biological agents do not need to submit ISEF paperwork. 

The Montana Region II Science & Engineering Fair adheres to the ISEF Display and Safety Regulations

Projects involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, hazardous materials/activities, or biological agents:

If the project involves vertebrate animals, human subjects, hazardous materials/activities, or biological agents, the students must have three adult sponsors willing to oversee the project. These sponsors must include a guardian, a teacher, and a local scientist or professional who will supervise the project and attest to the fact that the study was completed in a safe and ethical manner. The Checklist for Adult Sponsor form is required.  


Project Display Rules

Maximum Size of Project:

  • Depth (front to back): 30 inches
  • Width (side to side): 48 inches 
  • Height (floor to top): 108 inches (assuming a table 36" high)

In line with ISEF Safety Rules, displays at the fair may not include the following:

  1. Living organisms, including plants
  2. Glass
  3. Soil, sand, rock, cement and/or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
  4. Taxidermy specimens or parts
  5. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  6. Human or animal food 
  7. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
  8. Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state 
  9. All chemicals including water. Absolutely no liquids can be utilized in the Project Display. 
  10. All hazardous substances or devices (Example: poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, grease/oil and sublimating solids such as dry ice)
  11. Items that may have contained or been in contact with hazardous chemicals (Exception: Item may be permitted if professionally cleaned and document for such cleaning is available). Filters (including microbial) may not be displayed unless the Display & Safety Committee can reasonably determine that the device was cleaned or was never used (please include receipts in your notebooks and/or logbooks). 
  12. Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
  13. Flames and highly flammable materials 
  14. Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells
  15. Drones or any flight-capable apparatus unless the propulsion power source is removed
  16. 3D Printers unless the power source is removed
  17. Inadequately insulated apparatus capable of producing dangerous temperatures are not permitted
  18. Any apparatus with belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points that are not appropriately shielded
  19. Any display items that are deemed distracting (i.e. sounds, lights, odors, etc.)
  20. Personal items or packaging materials stored underneath the booth
  21. Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & the Public (Example: large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, etc.

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Contact Information:

Leanne Frost

Dr. Leanne Frost
Great Falls College MSU
2100 16th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405
406-771-4372
leanne.frost@gfcmsu.edu 

 

Institutional Review Board

Leanne Frost, Ed.D. 
General Studies Division Director

Brenda Canine, Ph.D.  
Biology Faculty

Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.  
Chemistry Faculty

Elfriede Neber, M.S.  
Behavioral Science Faculty

Russel Motschenbacher, M.S.N.
Nursing Program Director/Faculty

 

Scientific Review Committee

Leanne Frost, Ed.D.
General Studies Division Director

Brenda Canine, Ph.D.  
Biology Faculty

Daniel Casmier, Ph.D.  
Chemistry Faculty

Raimund Hahn, M.S.
Registered Professional Geologist

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