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Science Fair

2019 FHSU Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Eleventh Annual Regional Science & Engineering Fair hosted by Fort Hays State University
The Eleventh Annual FHSU Regional Science & Engineering Fair will be held in the Memorial Union at Fort Hays State University on TO BE DETERMINED from 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m.

Students grades 4-12 were eligible to enter, with awards given for top entries in each category.
Winning entries will automatically qualify for the Kansas State Science & Engineering Fair. Individual projects may be entered, as well as team entries (comprised of no more than 3 students).

2018 Regional Science Fair Winners

***Sample Judging Form***

***Category and Descriptions***

Attention Teachers or Sponsors: Please review the rules & forms below. Please have students bring all necessary forms with them to the regional fair.

Required KSSEF & ISEF Rules Forms for 9th-12th Grade Entries

2018 Rules and Guidelines
Report Guidelines
Abstract Form (must be completed by all participants)

Required KSSEF Forms for 4th-8th Grade Entries

Report Guidelines
Abstract Form (must be completed by all participants)

Regional SRC Guidelines

1. Every 4-8 grade student should have these forms in their binder behind their report:

  • Adult Sponsor Form
  • Approval Form 1B

2. Every 9-12 grade student should have these forms in their binder behind their report:

  • Adult Sponsor Form 1
  • Student Checklist Form 1A/Research Plan
  • Approval Form 1B

3. All projects must have the corresponding special forms if the project required SRC approval before beginning. Those conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Human Participants are used in experimentations
  • Animals are used in experimentation
  • Microorganisms, rDNA, fresh/frozen tissue, blood, body fluids are present in the experiment
  • Hazardous chemicals, activities, or devices are used in experimentation
  • A supervisor is required for the experiment - is this person the designated supervisor or a qualified scientist?
  • A laboratory setting is needed for the experiment
  • If this project is a continuation of an earlier project

*Students can run the "Rules Wizard" to determine necessary forms: 

Items that are not allowed to be displayed in any form:

  • Living organisms including plants
  • Soil, sand, rock, cement and/or waste sample (even if encased in a slab of acrylic)
  • Taxidermy specimen or parts
  • Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  • Human or animal food
  • Plant material (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)
  • All chemicals including water (Projects may not use water in any form or demonstration)
  • All hazardous substances or devices (Example: poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, and lasers)
  • Items that may have contained or been in contact with hazardous chemicals (Exception: Item may be permitted if professionally cleaned and documented and document for cleaning is available)
  • 3-D Printers
  • Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  • Sharp items (Examples: syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
  • Flames or highly flammable materials (including magnified light sources). A Fresnel Lens cannot be used in conjunction with a light source - it becomes an open flame
  • Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (Example: glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
  • Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells
  • Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC), the Display and Safety Committee, or KSSEF
  • Apparatuses that produce extreme temperatures
  • Apparatuses that have unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts

**Project sounds, lights, odors, or other display items may not be distracting
*Projects can be continued under the table BUT this area is not to be used for storage


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