Flint Science Fair

FRSF Rules & Regulations

Understanding the Rules and Guidelines and properly completing all of the paperwork is a necessary and important part of completing your science fair project.

As an affiliated fair, Flint Regional Science Fair adheres to International Science and Engineering Fair Rules, ISEF International Rules. Students, teachers, sponsors, and judges should be familiar with the rules as they apply to specific types of projects. 

Please go to the Rules Wizard before starting your research, to see which forms and approvals will be required. The forms are included in the FRSF Supplemental Registration Forms.

Summery of Rules and Regulations

1. EXHIBIT DISPLAY SIZE MUST NOT BE MORE THAN 48 INCHES WIDE, 30 INCHES DEEP, AND 9 FEET HIGH FROM THE FLOOR. All apparatus must fit inside this exhibit space. Remember—the judges need to be able to see and read items displayed. Note: Most projects will be displayed on top of a table.

2. A written report is required for all projects. Format suggestions are also in the FRSF handbook.

3. The display of grades, awards, and ribbons from previous fairs either for the student or on the project, is not permitted until after the FRSF judging is completed.

4. Informed consent forms must be completed if any human participates in or is photographed for your project except for simple questionnaires.

5. Photographs and other visuals of vertebrates in other-than-normal conditions (i.e. dissection) may not be displayed.

6. The practice of medicine by students is illegal. Medical experimentation will not be permitted without documentation of direct and complete supervision of a licensed professional.

7. Not Allowed at Project or Booth:

  • Living organisms, including plants
  • Soil, sand, rock, cement and/or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
  • Taxidermy specimens or parts
  • Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  • Human or animal food as part of the exhibitor demonstration of the project.
  • Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
  • Plant materials (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 in a 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 document for such cleaning is available)
  • 3-D Printers
  • Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  • Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives) 14. Flames or highly flammable materials
  • Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells
  • Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (for example, glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
  • Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & the Public (Example: large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, 3D printers etc.)

8. Special Care Needed

  • High-voltage equipment MUST be shielded with a grounded metal box or cage to prevent accidental contact.
  • Large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices MUST be properly shielded.
  • High voltage wiring, switches, and metal parts MUST be located out of reach of observers and designed with an adequate overload safety factor.
  • Electric circuits for 110-volt AC MUST have an Underwriter Laboratories- approved cord of proper load-carrying capacity, which is at least nine feet long and equipped with a standard grounded or polarized plug.
  • All wiring MUST be properly insulated; Nails, tacks, or uninsulated staples MUST NOT be used to fasten wiring.
  • Bare wire and exposed knife-switches may be used only on circuits of 12 volts or less. The only power to be supplied will be standard 110-volt AC.
  • Electrical connections in 110-volt circuits MUST be soldered or fixed under approved connectors. Connecting wires must be properly insulated.

9. Senior and Junior Division-- Use the Abstract Form to create your one page abstract. Post your Abstract on your display board. We suggest you also leave ten copies on the table in front of your display for Judges’ use.

10. The ISEF Rules Wizard is a great help for identifying special rules and things to consider. The comfort of any animal used in research shall be of prime concern. No research using animals shall be attempted unless the animal’s well-being and humane treatment is assured.

11. Senior Division students may attend the ISEF as an "observer" only once. Observer status is reserved for freshmen and sophomores.

12. All students attending the ISEF will be required to produce both a written and a verbal report documenting their Science Fair experience, to their school and the FRSF Board, within 3 weeks of attending ISEF.