UO Science Fair

UO Science and Invention Fair 2017

April 22nd, 2017

Registration is CLOSED

Online registration closes at 5pm on April 19th

Wilamette Hall, University of Oregon


We currently do not have any workshops for the Science Fair available. Check back soon for more details on upcoming workshops.

Fair Information

The 2017 UO Science and Invention Fair is a chance for children of all ages to develop an enthusiasm for science by designing and carrying out their own experiment.  The fair is open to all Lane County children in grades K-8.  

The fair will be held on the UO Campus April 22nd, 2017.  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! A flyer for the fair can be found here.

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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 number of demonstrations and activities will take place during the judging and the fair will culminate in an awards presentation and a fun physics demonstration.

Fair Schedule will go as follows:

Activity Tables Open 11:00-2:30pm

Project Judging 11:30-1:30pm

Science Workshops 1:30-2:30pm

Physics Demo Show 2:30-3:00pm

Awards 3:00 to 3:30pm

Parking and Directions:

Willamette Hall is on 13th street between Agate & University near the heart of campus.  It can be found in grid G7 on the UO Parking Map.  
Parking after regular business hours can be found in staff lots 2 & 12 (grid G10 & G9).  
Additional parking can be found on 15th between Agate and University and long University and Agate between 15th & 18th. A transportation map can be found here. 

Volunteer at the Fair!

Want to be a judge or volunteer? Fantastic! Sign up here!

Public Schools Collaboration*

Teachers in many 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.  Nurturing 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

Registration is open! Click here to register. There is a $20 registration fee.  This is the only fee associated with the fair.  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 btodd@uoregon.edu

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 Mouseuch 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 www.sciencebuddies.org.

Display guidelines. All entries must be displayed on a 36" x 48" cardboard display board.  Display boards can be purchased at area retailers and range from $4-$7 each.  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.


Questions should be directed to the science fair coordinator Brandy Todd (541) 346-4313 or btodd@uoregon.edu