Welcome to the Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs

Important Dates & Times


The Idaho STEM Action Center and its partners are proud to bring

3 regional Science & Engineering Fairs to Idaho for 2019.


It's time to submit your Abstract! (Due by 2/20/2019)
After finishing research and experimentation, you are required to write a (maximum) 250 word, one-page abstract. This must be submitted on your zfairs project dashboard, Form 1A. Please submit only one abstract per project.  It is recommended that your abstract include the following:                                                             
a. purpose of the experiment
b. procedure
c. data
d. conclusions
It may also include any possible research applications. Only minimal reference to previous work may be included.  
An abstract must not include the following:
  1. Identifying information (name, school, teacher, project ID)
  2. acknowledgments (including naming the research institution and/or mentor with which you were working), or self-promotions and external endorsements
  3. work or procedures done by the mentor

NISEF (Northern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair) 

                     North Idaho College logo

March 1, 2019 - Coeur d'Alene Resort Conference Center, Coeur d'Alene


EISEF (Eastern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair)

                     Idaho State University logo

March 8, 2019 - Idaho State University, Pocatello


WISEF (Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair)

                       Boise State University logo

March 15, 2019 - Boise State University, Boise 


On this site, you can:

  • Register your student project
  • Register your teacher account
  • Sign up to be a judge or volunteer

For more information on the Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs, including sponsors and grant opportunities for teachers, please go to the Idaho STEM Action Center website.


From this website, you will be able to register and complete the forms you need for your project.

  • You must have a valid email address that you will use throughout the Idaho Science & Engineering Fair process.
  • Your teacher will also be able to access your forms.  Together, we will make sure your investigations are completed safely and presented professionally. Best of luck!
  • Before you begin your registration, please review the information below.

Key Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday September 5, 2018  -  Online registration opens
  • Friday January 11, 2019  -  Online registration closes - projects cannot be started after this date
  • Friday January 25, 2019  -  Deadline for all registration forms to be complete and submitted
  • Wednesday February 20, 2019  -  Deadline for submitting Abstract (instructions will be posted in January)
  • Friday March 1, 2019 -  Northern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair (NISEF) at Couer d'Alene Convention Center
  • Friday March 8, 2019  -  Eastern Idaho Science & Engineering Fair (EISEF) at Idaho State University
  • Friday March 15, 2019  -  Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair (WISEF) at Boise State University

Resources to Get You Started

  • Here is a good introduction to all of the parts of a science & engineering fair project. There are tabs for both science and engineering projects, and it covers everything from getting started through presenting the project. Resource Link
  • Examples of science fair topics to avoid. Resource Link 1

Rules and Regulations

  • Link to the website for The Society for Science & the Public (SSP) with the rules and regulations. Resource Link
  • Display and Safety regulations (from the SSP website). Resource Link
  • Link to FAQs on the rules and regulations for Society for Science & the Public (SSP) affiliated fairs. Resource Link

"Do I Need Approvals Before I Start Experiments?"

Several types of projects need pre-approval before starting experimentation.  These include projects involving:

Human subjects (including surveys) or other vertebrate animal subjects or their tissues or body parts, microbes, rDNA, DEA controlled substances, use of hazardous equipment/chemicals, or if the project is a continuation from a previous year's research.

When you fill out your registration and answer the questions about your project, the system will let you know which forms you need to complete for project approval.

To start the registration process, click on Create Account (at the top of the page) --> Student.

Welcome Teachers !

You will use this website to keep track of your students' paperwork. 

When your students fill out their registration, their responses to questions will determine which forms they will need to submit.  However, if you would like to look at this before your students register, click the link below for the ISEF Rule Wizard which allows you to answer a few questions, and shows you which forms your students will need to submit. 

ISEF Rules Wizard

***Please make sure all of your students have registered for the correct fair (Northern, Eastern, or Western Idaho) and category***

STEM Action Center ISEF Materials Grant

Public school educators with students participating in a regional Idaho Science and Engineering Fair can apply for up to $2,000 to purchase classroom materials for student projects and to cover travel costs for the educator and students to attend their regional fair. The amount awarded will be based on the number of student projects approved to participate in the fair. Educators will receive $667/student project, up to a maximum of $2,000. 

Learn more and apply at stem.idaho.gov/grants


Teacher Registration

Please register before having your students register.  This allows your students to choose you from a pulldown list - rather than having 5 different versions of your name entered by various students.  This makes it a lot easier for us to manage the fair. 

If there are any problems with registering, please contact Merrie Rampy and Brad Howard (idahosciencefairs@gmail.com), and we will resolve the issue ASAP.

 Example Science Research Timeline

Unit 1: Begin notebook

            Select general topic

            Note cards of five general sources 

Unit 2: Develop question/problem and hypothesis

           Develop procedure

          “Prior approval” forms to IRB/SRC

Unit 3: Begin writing research paper

            Data collection

Unit 4: Data analysis 

           Results and Conclusions

Unit 5: Prepare visual display

           Give oral presentation in class

           Regional Science Fair!

This timeline can be adapted to a variety of schedules, ranging from a few weeks to a full year.  Keep in mind any specific dates, like the registration deadline and the fair date.



Judging is an extremely important part of the fair, and likely the most valuable experience for our students. We definitely appreciate your willingness to participate in this process.  All information will be kept confidential and will be used only for the purposes of operating the Idaho Science & Engineering Fairs. 

Previous experience in judging science fairs at the local, state, or national level is helpful, but not required. Please review the requirements below before registering. The requirements may be found at: Fair (at the top of the page) --> Fair Information --> Judging Criteria.


There are five judging categories in Eastern and Western Idaho:

     1. Animal, Biomedical, and Microbiology

     2. Behavioral and Social Sciences

     3. Earth, Environmental, and Plants

     4. Engineering, Math, and Computer Science

     5. Physical Sciences (Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials,...)


There are six judging categories in Northern Idaho

     1. Animal, Biomedical, and Microbiology

     2. Behavioral and Social Sciences

     3. Earth, Environmental, and Plants

     4. Engineering

     5. Math, Computer Science, and Embedded Systems

     6. Physical Sciences (Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials,...)

Descriptions of each category may be found by going to Fair (at the top of the page) --> Fair Information --> Categories.

To start the registration process, click on Register (at the top of the page) --> Judges.


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