District Science Day (District 12)(DSD)

The 2017 Science Fair Date is Set For March 18, 2017!

2016-2017 ISEF Rules and Guidelines

Detail Information - 2017 Activities

How to Participate

Teachers, Local Science Fair Directors, or TAG Directors: Please make photo-copies of required forms for all your students or teach them to download or print them from our website and the ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) website. Do not use previous years' entry forms and ISEF forms.

Students in Grades 5 through 12 who officially live in our District: If you want to do scientific or engineering research, ask your teachers, parents, or local professionals to help you and follow the "Five Simple Steps to Start Your Research Project" on the 2017 Fair Information page. Read the 2017 Fair Information and follow the 2017 rules and suggestions of the DSD and the 2017 International Rules. You can download or print the forms from our web site and the ISEF  website or from your teachers if they are on our mailing list.

  1. If your school has a local science fair in our District two or more weeks before our DSD and some of your fellow students will participate in our DSD, you can request forms and rules through your teacher and enter your project to your school science fair. At some schools, the science fair may be part of their academic fairs. Only projects receiving a superior rating at the local school science fair will be sent by your school to our DSD.
  2. For schools (including public schools, private schools, home schools, and virtual schools) that do not have a local science fair in our district two or more weeks before our DSD, you may still enter your project at our District Science Day if you follow our rules and have a well planned and carried out project. The only difference is that you must include a complete copy of your research report in your entry application package. We are required to prejudge the research reports of all entries that have not been judged as a "superior" project in a local school science fair in our district.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Director at the address given below, by e-mail, letter, or fax. Be sure to include the names of your school and your teacher, and your grade, as well as your own address, e-mail address, phone number, and fax number.

Resources - Getting Started

There are lots of resources on the web regarding science fairs and science fair projects. We'd be interested in hearing what resources you have found useful in the past. We were just made aware of a new site which discusses why kids might want to do a science fair project. The Archimedes Initiative web site has a large collection of thematic video content involving participants in competitive science fairs. Check it out. It could be a really good resource to show students what it's like to develop and present projects.


Dr. Natalie Kruse
Voinivich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
Ridges Building #22 119
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979

Voice: 740-593-1989
FAX: 740-593-0486
E-mail: krusen@ohio.edu


To encourage students to learn to do scientific research, to appreciate the importance and potential of research, and to use research as a more effective way of learning science.


District Science Day (DSD) is affiliated with the Ohio Academy of Science. Students in grades 5 to 12 who wish to participate in the State Science Day (SSD) of the Ohio Academy of Science must receive a Superior rating at an affiliated District Science Day of the same year. A map of the different districts in Ohio is available here.

Ohio University Front Door

Mark Lucas modified this file (http://www.ohiou.edu/scifair/index.htm) on Sept 12, 2016.

Please E-mail any comments or suggestions to scifair@www.ohiou.edu.