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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).

Expectations for all competitive projects meet those published by the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF).


  • BSEF Nominations Due – 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019  – Nomination Form
  • All Required BSEF Paperwork Due – Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 – Guidelines
  • BSEF 2020 - Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Barrow CFIT – 2020 BSEF Student Schedule
  • NEGA RSEF Registration Deadline – Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 – Register Gold Medal BSEF Projects for NEGA RSEF (RSEF Fees for advancing projects will be paid on behalf of the students by their schools.)
  • RSEF 2020 – Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at Northeast Georgia RESA and the Winterville Community Center, 375 Winter Street, Winterville, GA 30683
  • GSEF 2020 – March 26-28, 2020 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 Georgia.  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.

ISEF Rules Explanations – If you have specific questions about a form or need clarification on a specific rule, this page will usually have the answer.

Recent Rule Changes – This document lists all the changes to the Science & Engineering Fair process at the International level.  Be sure to see what is different this year from years past.

  • 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.

2019 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.

  • Gabriel Alvarez (7th Grade RMS) – The Impact of Weather on a Thermoelectric Generator- Top Junior Division Project
  • Samuel Martin (7th Grade RMS) – The Manipulation of Sand with a Chladni Plate
  • Isabella Baker (6th Grade RMS) – Biofuel vs. Fossil Fuels
  • Becca Schad (7th Grade HMMS) – Do You Taste That Smell?
  • Frances Beckemeyer (6th Grade RMS) – Bee Cool!
  • Ashton Brown (6th Grade RMS) – The Thermal Expansion of Water
  • Sam Massei & Logan Seamon (8th Grade WMS) – Is Air Powerful Enough?
  • Connor Manning (7th Grade BCMS) – Step On U
  • Logan Bane (7th Grade BCMS) – Dirty Batteries = Clean Power
  • Hannah Oliver & Nataleigh Phillips (6th Grade CFIT) – Which Battery Is the Most Powerful?
  • Zoe Bishop (7th Grade HMMS) – Is Hard Water Harming You?
  • Guillermo Su, Andrew Graham & Abigail Bugg (AHS) – Holey Plastic – Top Senior Division Project

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