About Our Fair
A completely virtual fair is a unique experience for everyone, including us! Our goal is to simplify the fair experience for everyone by using the STEM Wizard platform. This is the same platform that will be used at the Delaware Valley Science Fair. We ask for your patience and understanding as we launch the site (and tie up any loose ends). Please let us know if anything isn't working or you are having difficulty accessing a portion of the site.
Each year, students in Delaware County are involved in sophisticated research projects that focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics in a variety of categories. The Delaware County Science & Engineering Fair embraces a philosophy that students learn science by doing science. In the process, students meet numerous STEM and research standards by learning how to think and develop critical problem-solving skills that they will need for careers, college, and citizenship.
Students participating in the Delaware County Science & Engineering Fair may conduct a research project in any of the following categories:
- Behavior & Social Science
- Computer Science
- Consumer Science (MS Only)
- Earth & Space Science
- Environmental Science
- Medicine & Health
- Team Projects
Please note that students can't register until a teacher/sponsor creates an account and it is verified. If you are a teacher/sponsor, please register for a new account using the top menu. If you do not see your school listed as an option when you register please email firstname.lastname@example.org We will be developing walkthrough guides for teachers, students, and judges. Check back frequently for updated information.
What do students need?
- Valid Email Address (Make sure that the address you use is permitted to receive email from outside of your organization)
- Project Documents
- PDF of the project presentation (See below for additional information)
- Link to a Video Presentation (optional) (See below for additional information)
- Required forms (1C, 7, if applicable)
- All documents MUST be files in the proper format (PDF), links are not allowed within the document
- There will be a separate place for you to post your video link
- 4-page example of your Logbook (optional)
Project Presentation Format
It is important to remember that this presentation is intended to be read and evaluated on a computer screen, likely a smaller format screen like a laptop or an iPad. A clean approach ensures that all of your science/engineering is showcased, not your graphic design ability. Please follow this format so that the judges don't miss your research.
- The presentation MUST be a single PDF document limited to no more than 12 pages.
- The page size MUST be Standard 8.5" X 11"
- The PDF document must open with default magnification. Judges will probably be viewing the document on a laptop or iPad screen in "Landscape Mode" ( Wider than it is tall) so your pages should also be in Landscape. Don't make the Judges work to read your presentation! The presentation should read like a paper report.
- There should be no links or embedded video in the document. There should be no additional instructions for how to open and read the document.
- The page background color must be WHITE. This ensures that any judges with color vision problems will be able to read the presentation.
- The text color should be predominantly black.
- All text should be easily readable when viewing the entire page at once. Minimum font size is 14pt.
These recommendations will help ensure that your work and progress are adequately displayed in a readable format.
- Don't use non-standard fonts or colors to "Stand out from the crowd" you run the risk of standing out as "the project that was very difficult to read". If you have doubts about a font, use Arial, it's the default for Google Slides and is included in Mac and Windows.
- Your page titles should be an 18pt. font minimum.
- Avoid long expository paragraphs. State your points succinctly.
- Use bullet points or numbering where appropriate to clearly make your points.
- Try to keep all of your text consistent across the presentation. Remember, this is a scientific paper, impress the judges with your work.
- Project Templates
These are some Google Slides presentation templates that conform to the ISEF guidelines. We recommend following the guidelines as closely as possible for consistency. Remember that you have 12 pages. Use them as you need them.
Video Presentation Guide
The DelVal Science Fair will require video presentations in place of interviews. The Delaware County Science and Engineering Fair will still conduct interviews. However
, students may still optionally submit a video in our fair. It is good practice and judges may provide feedback on your video allowing projects that move on to the DelVal Fair a brief window of opportunity to refine their video. Guidance can be found on the DelVal website (Click Here