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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 to 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 25, 2024 at the King Street location of ACHS. 

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Deadlines for the ACPS Science Fair

  • October 6, 2023 - All paperwork must be submitted for projects being reviewed by IRB or SRC
  • January 17, 2024 - ACPS Science Fair Registration
  • Alexandria City Science Fair: January 25, 2024 (Snow Date: January 31, 2024)

Science Fair Timeline 2023-2024

Due Date




(1st Quarter)

  • September 15 - all research questions approved

  • October 6th - all paperwork due for projects needing IRB or SRC approval

  1. Propose a Research Question  with Variables OR Engineering Problem with Goals and Criteria and have the idea approved by your teacher by September 15th.

2. Turn in  a draft of your research plan (procedure) completing all  information in “Science Fair Research Plan” document


3. If your draft plan is approved, work with your teacher to complete all required forms

  • Form 1 -  Checklist for Adult Sponsor 
  • Form 1A - Student Checklist 
  • Form 3 - Risk Assessment

4. Form 1B - Approval Form must be signed by the parent

5. Submit form 4 for (ONLY for projects requiring IRB approval)


6. Submit paperwork for SRC approval if the project involves hazardous materials or activities by Oct 6.



(2nd Quarter)

  • Dec 1 - All project procedures approved
    • Middle Schools may move this to Nov 1st

7. Get final approval to begin your data collection by Dec 1 (HS)

8. Collect your data!
9. Update research plan if any changes were made



  • January 17th - All projects must be completed 
  • January 19th - All science fair registrations must be submitted 

10. Complete all data collection


11. Analyze your data by creating a graph and writing a conclusion


12. Write an abstract for your project using this form

13. Students Register your project to the ACPS fair
14. Make a backboard!

ACPS Science Fair: January 25, 2024

Science Fair Support