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Vermont State Science & Math Fair






  •  The Science Fair is open to all Vermont middle and high school students in grades 5 through 12.  
  • Each Individual Project must be the work of an individual student, and a Group Project must be the work of two or three students only.  Group projects must reflect the work of all members.  Members of a larger group may not be excluded to meet this requirement.   Group projects will be located in a separate area and will be judged as one category  Group projects are open to all grades, 5-12.


    A research project may be a part of a larger study done by professional scientists, but the project presented by the student(s) may only be their portion of the complete study.   


  • Projects must cover research done over a maximum of 12 continuous months between January 2015 and March 2016.


  • Projects must  be EXPERIMENTAL or INVESTIGATIVE (seek to answer a question or address a problem) in some area of science, engineering or mathematics. The areas are biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, and behavioral or experimental psychology. Projects that are demonstrations, ‘library’ research or informational projects, ‘explanation’ models or kit building are not appropriate for this fair.  (Categories)


    Use of the SCIENTIFIC METHOD or the ENGINEERING PROCESS in answering a question or addressing a problem is expected.  Adjust your hypothesis or redefine your problem if you see that the data do not agree with your original ideas, improve your experimental design or your prototype design.  Don't forget to highlight all the new things learned! 



  •  The fair is a VISUAL presentation of your project. You will prepare an exhibit which illustrates your project and will be expected to answer questions concerning your project.  Each exhibitor will be given a display space 0.5 meter x 1 meter  on a table or bench, and extending 0.5 meter directly in front of the table or bench area.  The maximum height any part of the display may be is  2 1/2 meters from the floor.  The display must function completely within the space provided.  Project displays must meet all of the display requirements. 


  • If animals, humans or anything hazardous (biological materials, or any materials, equipment, items or situations that might reasonably considered hazardous) are to be used in the project, students must follow the SPECIFIC RULES for their respective use.  All projects will be screened for compliance to these rules, and projects that do not follow these rules will not be eligible for participation.  While every effort will be made to ensure compliance to these rules before the day of the fair, projects found at the fair in violation of these rules will be removed and disqualified.  Our judgment is final.  



  • If your school will send a select set of projects, the school liaison must use the School application form.  If your school does not send a select set of projects, individual students (and groups) must use the Project application form.  The deadline for all application forms is February 22, 2016.  Abstracts are no longer required for VSSMF application, but are still required for final registration.


  • To compete for the ISEF-related prizes follow the ISEF Requirements.  Please note that the application requirements and deadlines may differ from VSSMF.  However, the general and specific rules of the VSSMF are congruent with the ISEF rules, which means all you will have to do to become eligible for the ISEF-related prizes is fill out the ISEF forms. 


  • To complete your registration, send a  final abstract using the final abstract form by March 4, 2016 (See Deadlines page  for ISWEEEP and ISEF applicants) .  The Final Abstract is a concise summary of your project,  and must include the problem studied, hypothesis or design criteria, a summary of procedures used, your principle findings, and major conclusions.  The Final Abstract must be 150-300 words and error free.  Your abstract will be scored by the judge, and points will be deducted for insufficient or excessive abstracts. 


  • Students' projects must be in place and ready for judging by 9 a.m.    A 20-minute break will be provided mid morning for students to view other students' projects.  Projects must remain in place until at least 12:30 p.m. for awarding of monetary prizes. You may take down your projects after 12:30 p.m. but before you go to lunch or wait until after the awards ceremony.




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