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Important Dates & Times

Friday January 01, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Monday March 08, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Monday April 19, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 12:00 AM
Saturday April 10, 2021 at 8:00 AM
Saturday April 10, 2021 at 6:00 PM

CSEF Particpation Guidelines

All students (with individual and team projects) who wish to participate in the 2021 Colorado Science & Engineering Fair must:

  • be a Colorado student in 6th-12th grade in a public, private, parochial, home or on-line school and
  • participate in only one Regional Science Fair located in the county where they go to school (or live if home-schooled) and
  • be chosen by their Regional Science Fair to represent that region at the CSEF and
  • agree to abide by all International Science & Engineering Fair, CSEF and Regional Science Fair rules, regulations and policies that may currently exist regarding pre-college science research.

Learn more about the CSEF participation process.

CSEF Rules & Regulations

The CSEF is affiliated with the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair. For this reason, we must adhere to the international rules and guidelines set forth by the Society for Science & the Public's Scientific Review Committee. These rules outline the forms and supervision that are needed for all projects as well as those that involve human subjects, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents and hazardous chemicals, devices and activities. Please remember that these rules are in place to ensure the safety of the student researcher as well as the subject (human or animal) that they may be working with in their student. They are NOT trivial and are based on what working scientists must adhere to as well as federal laws and regulations. Learn more about the forms required for participating in Colorado regional science fairs and the CSEF.

Mission Statement

The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. honors excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; providing opportunities for students from all regions of the state to create and present their research in environments that nurture interests in science and technology; promoting professional skills, high ethical standards, diversity, and continuing intellectual development.

Goals & Objectives

The Colorado State Science Fair, Inc. is an organization that:

  • Organizes the infrastructure of the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair for students from all regions of the state of Colorado to present science projects to judges, representatives of scientific organizations, the public and their peers;
  • Honors winners from Colorado regional science fairs at the annual Colorado Science and Engineering Fair;
  • Sends finalists from the state of Colorado to the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF);
  • Provides experiences for Colorado students to interact with their peers, with Colorado science teachers and Colorado scientists and engineers in professional and social settings;
  • Promotes science, engineering, and technology as careers, inspiring excellence, high ethical standards and emphasizing the immense satisfaction that comes from confronting and solving intellectual problems and serving societal needs;
  • Reinforcing in students the wonder nature instills, wherever and however possible empowering them to follow their questions and dreams; and
  • Encourages a culture that values and nurtures diversity.

We support regional science fairs by:

  • Acting as an alternative to the affiliating with the Society for Science and the Public as a means of attending the Regeneron ISEF;
  • Providing a forum where regional science fairs can influence policies, rules and by-laws for the state science fair;
  • Providing rules and requirements for participation in the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair;
  • Facilitating communication, where practical, between regional science fairs and their participants;
  • Providing information and resources to the regional fair directors, teachers and students which will promote interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as excellence in scientific research; and
  • Increasing public awareness and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the schools.

66th Annual Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

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Project materials will be open to the public via the zFairs' Showcase between April 9th and 16th. Press release information can be found on the CSEF main website.
 

66th Annual Colorado Science & Engineering Fair

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The 2021 Virtual CSEF will use the zFairs platform for project paperwork submission, digital project materials, judging interviews and public viewing. Other platforms such as Zoom, YouTube Live, etc. will be used for SRC meetings, award ceremony announcements and the guest speaker. Updates to the schedule will be made on the main CSEF website and the zFairs CSEF site as details are decided upon.

Project "Set-Up - Project materials must be submitted in zFairs by Wednesday, March 24th. Changes to these materials will not be allowed after this date unless requested by the CSEF Display & Safety Inspectors.

Scientific Review Committee Interviews - Pre-judging interviews requested by the CSEF SRC will be held via Zoom meetings Monday, March 22nd and Tuesday, March 23rd as needed.

Display & Safety Inspections - Review of all project materials submitted in zFairs (including videos) will be conducted between March 24th and April 1st to make sure everything subitted for judging complies with the ISEF Display & Safety rules for this year.

Pre-Interview Project Review - Grand award and special award judges will be reviewing student project materials in zFairs between March 24th and April 7th. Special award judges will use this pre-interview review to identify which students they wish to interview.

Grand Award Judging Interviews - Category grand award judges will be broken into teams of 2-3 judges and each team will interview all students within that category and division. This means all students will be required to participate in at least 3 interviews on Thursday, April 8th in zFairs.

Special Award Judging Interviews - Once special award organizations have identified the 304 projects per division they wish to interview for their awards, the CSEF will schedule those interviews in zFairs. The timing of these interviews is yet to be determined, but will most likely be the week of April 12 - 16.

Guest Speaker - This year's guest speaker is Paul Anderson, Human Lander System Program Director at Lockheed Martin. Paul's talk is tentatively scheduled for the morning of Saturday, April 10th via a platform yet to be determined.

Category Awards Ceremony - The grand awards (place) ceremony is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Saturday, April 10th via YouTube Live.

Special Awards Ceremony - The announcement of special award winners is tentatively scheduled to be pre-recorded and released after the special awards interviews are concluded.

Public Viewing - Project materials will be open to the public via the zFairs' Showcase between April 9th and April 16th.

 

 

 

Junior Animal Sciences
Studies related to all aspects of non-human animals (including insects), animal life, animal life-cycles, animal health and medicine, animal behavior, and animal interactions with one another or their environment.
Junior Behavioral & Social Sciences
Studies related to the thought processes and behavior of humans in their interactions with the environment as studied through observational and experimental methods.
Junior Chemistry & Biochemistry
Studies related to the chemical basis of processes occurring in living organisms, including the processes by which these substances enter into, or are formed in the organisms and react with each other and the environment.
Studies related to the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter.
Junior Earth & Space Sciences
Studies related to Earth systems and their evolution.
Studies related to anything in the universe beyond the Earth.
Junior Energy
Studies related to biological and chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transport, and alternative fuels.
Studies related to renewable energy structures and processes including energy production and efficiency.
Junior Engineering
Studies related to electrical systems in which information is conveyed via signals and wave forms for purposes of enhancing communications, control and/or sensing.
Studies related to science and engineering that involves movement or structure. The movement can be by the apparatus or the movement can affect the apparatus.
Studies related to the characteristics and uses of various materials with improvements to their design which may add to their advanced engineering performance.
Studies related to the use of machine intelligence to reduce the reliance on human intervention.
Studies related to the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes including diagnosis, monitoring and therapy.
Junior Environmental Sciences
Studies related to the environment and its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span.
Studies related to the engineering or development of processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste or the control of pollution.
Junior Math & Computer Sciences
Studies related to the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.
Studies related to the discipline and techniques of computer science and mathematics as they relate to biological systems.
Studies related to the development of software, information processes or methodologies to demonstrate, analyze, or control a process/solution.
Junior Medicine & Health
Studies related to the issues of human health and disease.
Studies related to the improvement of human health and longevity by translating novel discoveries in the biomedical sciences into effective activities and tools for clinical and public health use.
Junior Microbiology & Molecular Biology
Studies related to micro-organisms.
Studies related to the structure, function, intracellular pathways, and formation of cells. Studies involve understanding life and cellular processes at the molecular level.
Junior Physics
Studies related to the science of matter and energy and of the interactions between the two.
Junior Plant Sciences
Studies related to plants and how they live, including structure, physiology, development and classification.
Senior Animal Sciences
Studies related to all aspects of non-human animals (including insects), animal life, animal life-cycles, animal health and medicine, animal behavior, and animal interactions with one another or their environment.
Senior Behavioral & Social Sciences
Studies related to the thought processes and behavior of humans in their interactions with the environment as studied through observational and experimental methods.
Senior Chemistry & Biochemistry
Studies related to the chemical basis of processes occurring in living organisms, including the processes by which these substances enter into, or are formed in the organisms and react with each other and the environment.
Studies related to the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter.
Senior Earth & Space Sciences
Studies related to Earth systems and their evolution.
Studies related to anything in the universe beyond the Earth.
Senior Energy
Studies related to biological and chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transport, and alternative fuels.
Studies related to renewable energy structures and processes including energy production and efficiency.
Senior Engineering
Studies related to electrical systems in which information is conveyed via signals and wave forms for purposes of enhancing communications, control and/or sensing.
Studies related to science and engineering that involves movement or structure. The movement can be by the apparatus or the movement can affect the apparatus.
Studies related to the characteristics and uses of various materials with improvements to their design which may add to their advanced engineering performance.
Studies related to the use of machine intelligence to reduce the reliance on human intervention.
Studies related to the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes including diagnosis, monitoring and therapy.
Senior Environmental Sciences
Studies related to the environment and its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span.
Studies related to the engineering or development of processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste or the control of pollution.
Senior Math & Computer Sciences
Studies related to the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.
Studies related to the discipline and techniques of computer science and mathematics as they relate to biological systems.
Studies related to the development of software, information processes or methodologies to demonstrate, analyze, or control a process/solution.
Senior Medicine & Health
Studies related to the issues of human health and disease.
Studies related to the improvement of human health and longevity by translating novel discoveries in the biomedical sciences into effective activities and tools for clinical and public health use.
Senior Microbiology & Molecular Biology
Studies related to micro-organisms.
Studies related to the structure, function, intracellular pathways, and formation of cells. Studies involve understanding life and cellular processes at the molecular level.
Senior Physics
Studies related to the science of matter and energy and of the interactions between the two.
Senior Plant Sciences
Studies related to plants and how they live, including structure, physiology, development and classification.
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CSEF Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria for Science Projects:

  1. Research Question (10 points): clear and focused purpose, identifies contribution to field of study, and testable using scientific methodology
  2. Design & Methodology (15 points): well-designed plan and data collection methods and variables and controls defined, appropriate and complete
  3. Execution – Data Collection, Analysis & Interpretation (20 points): systematic data collection and analysis, reproducibility of results, appropriate application of mathematical and statistical methods, sufficient data collected to support interpretation and conclusions
  4. Creativity (20 points): project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria
  5. Presentation (35 total points):

a. Poster (10 points): logical organization of material, clarity of graphics and legends, and supporting documentation displayed
b. Interview (25 points): clear concise, thoughtful responses to questions, understanding of basic science relevant to project, understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions, degree of independence in conducting project, recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics, quality of ideas for further research, and for team projects, contributions to the project and understanding of project by all members

 

Judging Criteria for Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science Projects:

  1. Research Problem (10 points): description of practical need or problem to be solved, definition of criteria for proposed solution, explanation of constraints
  2. Design & Methodology (15 points): exploration of alternatives to answer need or problem, identification of a solution, development of a prototype/model
  3. Execution – Construction & Testing (20 points): prototype demonstrates intended design criteria, prototype has been tested in multiple conditions/trials and prototype demonstrates skill and completeness
  4. Creativity (20 points): project demonstrates significant creativity in one or more of the above criteria
  5. Presentation (35 total points):

a. Poster (10 points): logical organization of material, clarity of graphics and legends, and supporting documentation displayed
b. Interview (25 points): clear concise, thoughtful responses to questions, understanding of basic science relevant to project, understanding interpretation and limitations of results and conclusions, degree of independence in conducting project, recognition of potential impact in science, society and/or economics, quality of ideas for further research, and for team projects, contributions to the project and understanding of project by all members

The above-mentioned criteria highlighted in blue shows the difference between the judging criteria for science projects and the engineering, mathematics and computer science projects.

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