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:
- Human Participants
- Vertebrate Animals
- Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents
- Hazardous Chemicals, Activities, or Devices
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS FOR REVIEW TO LEANNE FROST AT email@example.com.
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:
- Living organisms, including plants
- Soil, sand, rock, cement and/or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
- Taxidermy specimens or parts
- Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
- Human or animal food
- Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
- Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state
- All chemicals including water. Absolutely no liquids can be utilized in the Project Display.
- All hazardous substances or devices (Example: poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, grease/oil and sublimating solids such as dry ice)
- 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).
- Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
- Flames and highly flammable materials
- Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells
- Drones or any flight-capable apparatus unless the propulsion power source is removed
- 3D Printers unless the power source is removed
- Inadequately insulated apparatus capable of producing dangerous temperatures are not permitted
- Any apparatus with belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points that are not appropriately shielded
- Any display items that are deemed distracting (i.e. sounds, lights, odors, etc.)
- Personal items or packaging materials stored underneath the booth
- 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.