Display Guidelines for Tri-Fold Project Board

    Every effort will be made to provide general protection; however, all equipment and materials exhibited during the science fair are entered at the risk of the exhibitor. Neither the Science Fair Director nor the sponsors assume any responsibility for loss or damage to such equipment and materials. No security measures will be enforced after 9 p.m. Tuesday, the deadline for project removal!

    Project Dimensions

    All exhibits must have a backdrop with a Minimum size of height 80 cm (28 in) x width 41 cm (22 in). Maximum height is 274 cm (108 in) including table (table height is 76cm [30 in]). The width is not to exceed 122 cm (48 in) from side to side. Depth is not to exceed 76 cm (30 in) from front and back. Projects must stand alone.

    The science fair project display should be designed to communicate the student's previous work. It is not necessary for the display to contain all of the experimental apparatus and materials. In general, these items make the display more likely to be damaged or cause damage to other projects. The sides of the project board should be able to fold in and lie flat. The following guidelines should be observed:

    1. All exhibits must have a small label with the student's name, grade, school and teacher centered on the back top edge of the project. The label should not be visible from the front of the project. Logbook covers and Research Report should display the project title. Student name, grade, school and teacher should be on the last page of the logbook; that last page can be folded in half to cover that information during judging. The exhibit title should be limited to six words or less, and a maximum of 50 letters/characters.
    2. All projects must follow rules and guidelines of Science Engineering Fair of Houston, found on the website at http://www.uhd.edu/naturalscience.
    3. The display of anything that could be hazardous to the public or facility is prohibited. Fair director reserves the right to remove items from the display. The most common infractions are listed below.
    • No living organisms, including plants and animals.
    • No animal parts may be displayed including hair, teeth, nails, dried animal bones, blood, histological dry mount sections and completely sealed wet mount tissue slides.
    • No chemical substances may be displayed. No batteries or light bulbs can be displayed.
    • No liquids, including water, may be displayed, except as allowed in SEFH rules (see website).
    • Any containers of commercial products displayed should be empty and clean. This includes food products, cleaning products, etc.
    • No open flames or projectiles permitted.
    • No cultures of mold or bacteria may be exhibited.
    • No food may be displayed including gum, candy, dried beans, seeds, sugar, spices and salt. No crystals may be displayed.
    • No glass or glass containers may be included in the display at the elementary level. No glass thermometers or magnifying glasses.
    • No soil, dirt, rocks, gravel, clay, play dough, or sand may be exhibited. No fertilizers, chemicals, or pesticides may be displayed.

    4. Photographs of the experiment are encouraged. Those photographs document the experimental set-up and results of the experiment more effectively than bringing the equipment to display in front of the project board. The SEFH web site should be checked for specific restrictions. Photographs showing the student doing the research ARE allowable. Photos that allow identification of other people are not allowed.

    Experiment Rules and Guidelines

    All exhibits must be individual projects to be eligible for judging. Teachers, parents, and sponsors should supervise rather than assist in project completion. The identical repetition of a previous year’s project is not permitted.


    Experimenting with Vertebrates and Invertebrates

    There is an increasing concern over the use of vertebrates in student experimentation. Secondary students are greatly limited by the rules of the International Science and Engineering Fair. For elementary students, teachers should carefully review projects involving vertebrates and invertebrates and encourage students to first and foremost consider the safety and care of the animal. Behavioral experiments are preferable over physiological experiments. The guidelines below MUST be followed when working with vertebrates and invertebrates.

    ·    No animal may be deprived of food or water at any time for any reason.

    ·    Animals may not be exposed to any conditions that may be considered harmful.

    ·    Animals may not be sacrificed for the purpose of experimentation.

    ·    Animals must be provided quality care after the experiment is concluded.

    ·    No dissection or surgical procedure may be used.

    Experimenting with Human Subjects

    All rules concerning the use of vertebrates must be followed in working with human subjects. Teachers must approve of all surveys students may use. Extremely personal data and controversial topics (sex, diseases, etc.) should be avoided. No individual experimental subject should be identified or photographed.

    Working with Bacteria/Fungi

    Any experiment involving the culture or growth of microorganisms or fungi (mold) must be carried out under adult supervision. Cultures must remain sealed at all times. No cultures, rotted food, or other contaminated substances may be displayed with the project. All contaminated substances should be disposed of in a sanitary method at the conclusion of the experiment.

    Working with Hazardous Substances

    All chemical substances should be used under adult supervision. Hazardous substances should not be used. Controlled substances including prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco should not be used.

    Helpful Hint!
    Photographs of the experiment are encouraged
    . Photographs document the experimental set-up and results of the experiment more effectively than bringing the equipment to display in front of the project board. The Houston Science & Engineering Fair web site should be checked for specific restrictions. Photographs showing the student doing the research ARE allowable. Photos that allow identification of other people are not allowed.