Resources: Helpful Hints and Useful Links
Questions About Forms
What's the SRC?
The SRC is the Scientific Review Committee. Any project dealing with vertebrate animals, pathogenic agents, controlled substances, or recombinant DNA has to have its research plan approved by the SRC before any experiments begin.
What's the IRB?
The IRB is the Institutional Review Board. Any project dealing with human subjects has to have its research plan approved by the IRB before experiments begin.
Do I need to fill out all these forms?
Your packet contains forms that cover both individual and team projects: choose the one appropriate for your project. Your packet also contains forms petitioning SRC/IRB approval. If your project doesn't need SRC or IRB approval, then don't worry about those sections.
Can I be both parent/guardian and adult sponsor?
Questions About Projects:
What can my project be about?
Which projects need SRC or IRB approval?
Projects that do not involve human subjects, vertebrate animals, pathogenic agents like bacteria and fungi, controlled substances or recombinant DNA require less paperwork. If your project falls into any of these areas, you need SRC/IRB approval.
The IRB (Institutional Review Board) reviews projects dealing with human subjects, and is made up of a school staff member, a person from the health care field, and a person with a science background. They need to review your research plan before you begin your project to make sure your methods are safe and ethical. The SRC (Scientific Review Committee) reviews projects dealing with vertebrate animals (fur, fins, feathers, or scales...), pathogenic agents, controlled substances, or recombinant DNA.
What steps do I need to follow for my science fair project?
What's an abstract?
An abstract is a short report that explains what your project was - and how you went about doing it - and what you learned from doing it. Click here for more about abstracts.
What do you mean by stand-alone poster?
A stand-alone poster looks like this:
You can buy tri-fold posterboard like this anywhere you can buy arts and crafts supplies. Your poster presents your project and sits on your table at the Science Fair. It should include:
What is science research?
You have a science question, an idea you find interesting. Research involves finding information by observing, asking questions. You can find answers in books, magazines, on the Internet, or interviewing people who know about your subject. Be sure to write down where your answers come from
Where can I get a good idea for my science fair project?
Talk to other people, like a classmate or a teacher. Your librarian can point you toward books that are full of project suggestions. Lots of web sites are there to help kids come up with ideas for research. Look around you -- what are you curious about?
How do I start?
Here are a few links to get you started:
Kidspace: the Internet Public Library
Discovery Channel's Science Fair Central
Super Science Fair Projects
Science Fair Project on the Web
Science Fair Projects
Dates: Meetings, deadlines
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