Information for Teachers, Mentors, and Parents

Teachers, parents, and adult mentors play an important role in every student's science fair project. They are the ones who foster the interest, guide, and encourage students to do their best work. In Alaska, these important adults often travel long distances with their students to attend the Science Fair.

The Alaska Science & Engineering Fair is an Intel-affiliated fair. The best resources for teachers and parents are located on the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) website. On the ISEF site, you'll find information such as tips, checklists, and information on forms and rules.

The teacher or adult mentor's help is required with the students' paperwork. For senior high, DO THE PAPERWORK FIRST! Senior high students will need help with the Scientific Review process. Please see the Students' pages to see what forms are required:

Thank you for inspiring Alaskan kids to produce the fantastic work we see every year at the Alaska Science & Engineering Fair!

Hint for Senior High Projects!

The teacher or adult mentor's help is required with the students' paperwork. For senior high, DO THE PAPERWORK FIRST, BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF RESEARCH! Senior high students will also need help with the Scientific Review process.

What happens if the paperwork isn't done first? The student or team will not be eligible for the grand prizes and will not be able to go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, no matter how fantastic the project is.


Hint for All Grades!

Help your student prepare for a project safety check! When the student sets up the project at Registration, it must have a safety inspection. These pages extracted from the Safety Inspector Training slide show (1.3MB PDF) describe items that may not be on the project display.

The student can use items such as glass tubing, vinegar, and plant soil during research, but please don't bring such items to the science fair. Take pictures of them! Have the student put the pictures on the display board.

Do the student need to bring these "unsafe" items at the science fair? No! Tell the student to do the project ahead of time. At the science fair,the judges care that the student can express an understanding of the project; they do not need him or her to reproduce the work in front of them.

fishbowl onion flower

volcano battery lightbulb glass

Objects like these belong in a picture on the display board. Do not bring them to the science fair.

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