The Carver Science Fair is on! A majority of Carver sponsors indicated that they wanted to continue with a competitive science fair this school year, and the Carver Committee is working hard to create an amazing experience for your students.
To keep our future scientists safe, the 2021 Carver Science Fair will be VIRTUAL for both elementary and secondary students!!! Many, many details are still being worked out, but here's what we think we know for sure:
January 8th, 2021 is the deadline for online applications. We will use a software program to help manage applications; no paper application materials will be submitted. The software will include all necessary forms and will include the ability to sign forms digitally. Training on this software will be available for sponsors. The Application Review Committee will review all proposals; feedback to students, teachers, and parents can be sent directly through the online platform.
February 22, 2021 will be the deadline for all participants to upload presentation materials. These materials will be submitted on the same online platform as the applications.
What will students be submitting?
- Instead of a poster board, participants will prepare a slide presentation (Powerpoint or Google Slides) that will be converted into a PDF. A template will be provided that students must follow. We will share this template as soon as it is finalized.
- A digital science notebook (e.g. a Google Doc with the students' notes or a scanned copy of a physical notebook)
- A short audio or video recording of the student answering a few questions about their project. There will be no live interviews.
Judges will review projects beginning the week of March 1st. Results and feedback will be provided by the following week.
Students who qualify for the Delaware Valley Science Fair will participate in April 2021. DVSF will also proceed virtually.
Safety During COVID/Virtual Learning
Students should begin working on their research plans, but before experimentation begins, sponsors must ensure students will be working in a safe and ethical manner.
With so many students learning from home without access to a supervised laboratory, safety in experimentation is an especially urgent concern. COVID itself brings additional risks for any student who is working with human participants.
*Experimentation involving human participants, vertebrate animals, and hazardous biological materials must not begin until the research plan is approved by a Scientific Review Committee. We are forming an SRC now and will soon provide further instructions on how to submit research plans for approval.
*No experimentation of any kind should begin until the sponsor reviews the research plan and signs the Risk Assessment Form.
Finally, please please review the ISEF rulebook carefully and reach out to us if there are any questions.