Science Fair Display Regulations

New Display Regulations for 2016-2017

In order to prepare students for competition at the middle school level, all elementary student projects will follow the same guidelines set forth by GSEF, by which the Cobb-Paulding Regional Fair abides. Display dimensions cannot exceed 30 inches deep, 48 inches wide, 72 inches tall (from table to top)

Display Regulations

Display Regulations

The following items are NOT allowed to be displayed in front of the project board at the Regional Fair:

·         Living or dead organisms, including fungi, animals, plants and microorganisms

·         Taxidermy specimens, parts, pelts

·         Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals or animal parts, including cells

·         Human or animal food of any kind

·         Human or animal parts or body fluids (including bones, urine, bloodstains)

·         Plant materials including potpourri, grain, birdseed, spices, leaves, flowers, logs, branches, etc. Plastic or other inorganic replicas or photographs should be used instead. (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)

·         Soil, sand, rock, minerals, or waste samples, even if fully encased in acrylic

·         All chemicals, including water.

·         Batteries with open-top cells

·         All liquids, gels, powders, and creams, such as shampoo, sunscreen, salt, soap, agar, etc.

·         Dry ice or other sublimating solids

·         Hazardous substances or devices, including poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, martial arts weapons, ammunition, etc.

·         Sharp items, including syringes, needles, pipettes, nails, knives

·         Flames or highly flammable materials

·         Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display & Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (e.g., glass that is an integral part of a computer screen)

·         Hammering, pinching, or pounding devices that are not fully immobilized, pulleys or hinges with pinch points, etc.


A note about photographs:

Photos/videos of people other than the finalist are not allowed unless a signed photograph release is available at the project. If the person is under 18, parent or guardian signature is required. Keep these releases in your binder. Note: There is no specific official form for this purpose.

Sample text: “I consent to the use of this visual image involving my participation/my child’s participation in this research.”