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Science Fair

Banner for ACPS Science Fair shows DNA helix, atom, and flask-beaker-test tube set.

What Is Science Fair?

Science fairs give students an opportunity experience science in a different way. Students can pursue their own ideas to solve problems that are of interest to them. More than 1,600 middle and high school students submit science fair projects as part of their science classes. The Alexandria City Science Fair then selects more than 200 projects to present to approximately 80 judges. Winners of the Alexandria City Science Fair then move on to compete in the Regional Science Fair. The 2023 Alexandria City Science Fair will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023 at the King Street location of ACHS. 

Email erin.strimple-barker@acps.k12.va.us with any questions.

Directions for Completing a Science Fair Project

Scienteer

Scienteer is an online science fair management software system that works like tax software, designed to guide students, teachers and science fair directors through a step by step process, auto-filling forms and documentation. Student Scienteer accounts will not work until they have received permission from their parent or guardian.

Deadlines for the ACPS Science Fair

  • IRB: October 7, 2022 (projects that have human participants)
  • SRC: October 31, 2022 (projects that use chemicals, fire, or other hazardous materials)
  • Science Fair Registration: January 18, 2023
  • Alexandria City Science Fair: January 26, 2023 (Snow Date: January 31, 2023)

Science Fair Timeline 2022-2023

Due Date

Tasks*

Done

  • End of Quarter 1
  • IRB: October 7
  • SRC: October 31
  1. Research Question, Hypothesis, Variables or Engineering Problem, Goals & Criteria
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  1. Students Register in Scienteer
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  1. Scienteer Steps 1-3:
    • Title and Category
    • Team Status
    • Project Start Date
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  1. Scienteer Step 4: Survey Questions
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  • IRB: October 7 
  • SRC: October 31
  • All other projects completed no later than December 1
    • Middle Schools may want to move this to Nov 1st so they can have their fairs in December.
  1. Scienteer Step 5: Research Plan
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  1. Scienteer Steps 6-9:
    • Extra Forms
    • Bibliography
    • Research Locations
    • External Signatures
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  1. Scienteer Steps 10-11:
    • Project Approval Method
    • Teacher Approval
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  1. Scienteer Steps 12-13:
    • IRB Approval
    • SRC Approval
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  • All projects completed no later than Jan 18.
  • Teachers must submit science fair registrations no later than Friday, January 20, 2023.
  1. Data Collection
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  1. Scienteer Steps 14-16:
    • Project End Date
    • Form 1C Signature
    • SRC Post-Approval
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  1. Scienteer Steps 17-18:
    • Project Summary
    • Abstract
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ACPS Science Fair: January 26, 2023

Science Fair Support