BCSS Science and Engineering Fair
The BCSS Science and Engineering Fair (BSEF) is a very important component of the school system’s Innovative Teaching & Learning Program, providing students with an opportunity to engage in authentic scientific and engineering practices.
Each middle school and high school has a school-level Science Fair Mentor who coordinates a school-level fair that serves as a qualifying event for the BSEF.
This page serves as the primary hub for information pertaining to the competitive Science & Engineering Fair System that aligns the school-level fairs to the system-level fair (BSEF) to the Northeast Georgia Regional Fair (NEGA RSEF) and to the state (GSEF) and international fairs (ISEF).
All students who are interested in conducting scientific research and qualifying for regional or statewide science and engineering fairs, as well as their sponsoring teachers, must follow the International Rules for Pre-College Science Research. Proper protocol and prior approvals will be required for all students to be eligible to compete at the system, regional, and state fairs.
IMPORTANT FAIR DATES FOR 2020-21
- BSEF Nominations Due – 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020
- All Required BSEF Paperwork Due – Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
- BSEF 2021 - Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 @ CFIT
- NEGA RSEF Registration Deadline – TBD – Gold Medal BSEF Projects advance to NEGA RSEF
- RSEF 2021 – Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2021 at Piedmont College, Demorest Campus
- GSEF 2021 – TBD at Classic Center, Athens, GA
BSEF Guidelines for Teachers & Students – This document provides a step-by-step process to ensure your project and forms are done in the right order to be competitive at the system level and beyond.
BSEF Junior Division Scoring Rubric – This is the scoring rubric used to assess projects by middle school students in grades 6-8.
BSEF Senior Division Scoring Rubric – This is the scoring rubric used to assess projects by high school students in grades 9-12.
Exhibitor Handbook - This pdf details everything about the perfect project display. What you must have, what you can have, and what you cannot have on your project board and at yor project table at the fair.
ISEF Rules & Guidelines – This document is helpful for students as they prepare to compete in any level Science and Engineering Fair.
ISEF Rules Wizard – Every student should visit this site prior to beginning their experimentation. This rules wizard asks several questions about the nature of the project plan and experimental design and provides the student with a specific list of forms and safety checks that must take place in order for the project to meet the rules requirements for BSEF, RSEF, GSEF, and ISEF.
Fillable PDF Forms are now available! New this year. Use these to avoid having to print out hard copies of all those pesky forms.
NEGA RSEF Website – Follow this link to visit the website for the Northeast Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair. This site has specific details for what is expected for projects that advance to the regional level.
GSEF Website – Follow this link to visit the website for the State Science & Engineering Fair for the State of .. Along the right-hand side of the site, you can find some of the most helpful documents available: Forms Checklists, Exhibitor Handbooks, Rules and Guidelines, and other forms
- All students should run their project plans through the online ISEF Rules Wizard and complete all the required forms before they perform their experiments. Skipping this step will result in a project not progressing beyond the System Fair.
- Project-specific questions about forms and using the rules wizard should be directed to Lee Bane before the students begins experimentation.
- Extra copies of forms and relevant paperwork required or suggested through the Rules Wizard process should be on hand at the County Fair on January 10.
- Students should always keep personal copies of all their forms and paperwork.
- Each school should establish a process for nominating between 10 and 12 projects to the System-Level Fair.
- The number of BCSS projects allowed to advance to RSEF will not be revealed until later in the year - approximately December.
2020 Barrow Science & Engineering Fair Results
Congratulations to the following students whose Gold Medal Projects advanced to the Northeast Georgia Science & Engineering Fair at the Northeast Georgia RESA/ Winterville Community Center.
Frances Beckemeyer (7th Grade RMS) - Hallitosis and Hypotension
Natalie Mays (6th Grade RMS) - Fabric with Scotchguard
Josephine Lundy (6th Grade RMS) - My Hamster is A-MAZE-ing
Hannah Oliver & Kendall Sanders (7th Grade AIM) - Recapture
Michael Huebner (6th Grade BCMS) - Slime Time
Ariel Brooks (6th Grade HMMS) - Sonsory Stress Relief
Emma Pittman (6th Grade RMS) - Are Our Tastebuds Colorblind?
Kayla Boebel & Alexis Williams (6th Grade AIM) - Who's is the Nastiest?
Brianna Ashe (8th Grade HMMS) - Which Cup Will Keep Water Cold or Hot?
Kendraya Jones, Ivory Coates-Powell, & Kristain Johnson (WBHS) - Chemical Analysis of Slime Components
Justin Kight, Aryana Payne, & Brittany Vicente-Francisco (WBHS) - Measuring Sugar Content with a Laser Pointer
- Brianna Ashe (8th Grade HMMS) - Which Cup Will Keep Water Cold or Hot?
- Justin Kight, Aryana Payne, & Brittany Vicente-Francisco (WBHS) - Measuring Sugar Content with a Laser Pointer
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