Science Fair 2013

University of Oregon, Willamette Hall
2013-05-18 18:00:00



UO Science and Invention Fair 2013

Deadline Extended to May 10th (late registrations will depend on space in the atrium)

Fair Information

The 2013 UO Science and Invention Fair (in cooperation with Eugene & Springfield Public Schools* and the Springfield Library) is a chance for children of all ages to develop an enthusiasm for science by designing and carrying out his/her very own experiment.  The fair is open to all Lane County children in grades K-12.  

The fair will be held on the UO Campus May 18th, 2013.  This event is open to the public and family friendly.  It is our goal to make science fun and accessible for all children.  We think of this fair as an introductory event designed to encourage student's interest in science.  To that end, we have sought to make the rules and requirements of this event as simple and straightforward as possible.  

This fair is open to all members of the public.  Even if you are not entering a project, come and have fun learning new things!  Here's a flyer with the details.

For information on the fair schedule, parking and activities check out this flyer.

Fair Activities & Schedule

Science FairThe fair will feature booths and tables from a number of science outreach programs in the community including SPICE and the Science Factory.  A numbe of demonstrations and activities will take place during the judging and the fair will culminate in an awards presentation and a fun phsyics demonstration.

Scheduling and Parking info available soon


In order to help students develop their ideas and plan their projects, the SPICE program is visiting several area schools to conduct workshops in project development.  SPICE will also host workshops open to the public on April 12th, 20th, 23rd and 27th (more info on our event calendar).  Attendees will learn about the scientific method and get a chance to talk with real UO scientists about their project ideas.  Workshops are free to the public.  Space is limited, however, so please RSVP to reserve a spot.  Children under age 14 should be accompanied by an adult.  RSVP to (541) 346-4313

Eugene Public Schools Collaboration*

Teachers in 14 classrooms in Eugene and Springfield Public Schools are hosting SPICE project development workshops.  Teachers are collaborating with SPICE instructors to provide support to students and families.  Students in these clasrooms are develping individual and group projects for submission to the fair.  Some schools are even holding their own fairs prior to the UO event.  

Workshops cover topics such as the scientific method, choosing a project topic, research questions design, project planning, data anlaysis and project presentation.  

Inquiry projects are complex.  Nururing deep engagement in a project is the intent of the collaboration between SPICE and Eugene teachers.  We hope this event will provide a meaningful experience for all participants.

Project Resources

A list of useful web sites, worksheets and pakets can be found in the Resources section of this web site.

Registration, Fees & Scholarships

To register for the science fair please fill out a Science Fair Registration Application.  There is a $20 registration fee.  This is the only fee associated with the fair.  The fee includes one free tri-fold presentation for displaying your project.  SPICE wants to ensure that all students who want to are able to participate in the science fair.  For that reason financial hardship scholarships are available.  To request a scholarship simply check the scholarship box on your application form. 

Submit the application form and your registration fee (you do not need to submit a fee if you are requesting a scholarship) to:

OCO/SPICE, Science Fair, 1274 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97402 or Fax (541) 346-4315 or email

Registration Deadline - May 6th

Late registrations will only be accepted with director approval. 

Rules & Guidelines

All projects must represent the sole original work of the author(s).  Plagiarism (representing the ideas of others as your own) is strictly prohibited. Students are encouraged to seek advice and information from others, but they must make all important project decisions and collect and analyze data.  Students may utilize adult assistants in carrying out potentially dangerous or difficult activities.  

Acknowledge all sources. Each presentation must have an aknowledgement section which identifies all source materials (including expert advice and individuals who provided substantive assistance).  Any citation format that provides enough information for fair organizers to locate the original information source is acceptable.

Responsible research conduct. Researchers must behave in an ethical fashion in all aspects of research.  

Human Subjects - If human beings are to be the subject of the project, students must obtain consent prior to the experiment.  If children are to be research subjects the student must obtain prior consent of a parent or guardian prior to the experiment.  Public observations (s

Lab Mouse

uch as watching people in the park and recording behavior) do not require prior consent, but it is encouraged.  

Animal Use - If animals are to be used in research, students must design their experiments to ensure that animals are not subject to harm or undue stress. Presentations for projects using animals must include a section on how the project was designed to ensure ethical animal use.   For guidance on proper research animal use please (particularly vertebrate animals) consult ISEF guidelines.  A summary of these guidelines can be found at

Display guidelines. All entries must be displayed on a 36" x 48" cardboard display board.  Display boards are included in your registration (including scholarship registrations).  The final display must stand up without human assistance.  

Samples with loose soil or other spillable materials should be securely sealed.  

Objects and inventions that need power cords require prior approval by the science fair coordinator.  A limited number of powered display spots will be available.  Display portable electronics at your own risk.  Fair coordinators cannot ensure protection against theft.

Items not allowed in the display: spillable liquids, hazardous materials, flames, unsecured glass ware, live animals, fungi, bacteria, deceased specimins with decay, anything potentially spillalbe and moving objects that present a hazard to people or other displays.  Use pictures of these objects instead. Display board

For advice on putting together a display board take a look at this site.  Any questions about displays should be directed to the science fair coordinator.  



Participants will be grouped into categories by grade.  Three students from each category will recieve awards (1st, 2nd & 3rd) which consists of ribbons, gift certificates.  There will also be awards for honorable mention and special scholarships for the most promising projects.  Scholarships are intended to aid students in entering their projects in more competitive fairs and may use for supplies to expand on or revisit the project and to cover travel and registration costs.

Bob and Martha Discuss Research Question Design

by: skipmonkey


Questions should be directed to the science fair coordinator Brandy Todd (541) 346-4313 or