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Last-minute info for the 2018 Fair (March 13, 2018)

The Fair is Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids.

Registration for everybody starts at 8:00 AM on Fair Day.

  • Students
  • EISEF judges
  • Sponsored Award judges

Key locations (Some have changed from 2017.)

  • EISEF Headquarters: Main level near Younkers, in the former Kirlin’s Hallmark.
  • Student registration: Center Court, near the escalators, between Kay Jewelers and Rogers Jewelry.
  • Judges’ registration: Outside EISEF HQ.
  • Sponsored Awards registration: Inside EISEF HQ.

Last-minute judges and volunteers: come to Registration (EISEF Headquarters) and we’ll sign you up there.

The When and Where page has schedules, maps, and directions to help you find your way on Fair Day.

Students: You can check your entries on the Status of Student Entries page.

Judges: You can pick the exhibits you’d like to judge — before the Fair. These pages list the entries we’ve received, with their titles and descriptions. Look them over, choose the ones that are right for you, and you’ll be ready to sign up on Fair Day morning.

Judges Needed for 2018 State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa

Adults! The state science fair in Ames needs judges. It runs March 22–23 (Thursday & Friday); you can judge one day or both. Visit their website for details.

Enter your project in the Fair (January 26, 2018)

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Read the For Students And Teachers page and follow its directions.
  • Check the Forms Guide to find out what forms and certificates you need to fill out and when.
  • Finish your experiment and complete your paperwork.
  • Fill out the Student Entry Form and submit it.
  • Send us copies (by U.S. mail or email) of your Student Entry Signature Page and all your other paperwork. The deadline is February 26, 2018.
  • Check the status of your entry on the Status of Student Entries page.
  • Bring the originals of all paperwork with you to the Fair on March 17, 2018.

What about the statewide registration system?

You may have heard that a statewide science-fair registration system is in the works. It’s to be on the state fair (SSTFI) website; it expands the SSTFI registration system from last year to add EISEF and WISEF (western iowa). When finished, it should make life easier for you and your adult sponsor: you can attend both state and your regional fair, but you’ll register and upload paperwork only once, with both fairs getting the information. We’re looking forward to it.

Unfortunately, it’s not working yet. In fact, it’s not working so badly that we no longer believe it will be ready in time for EISEF 2018 (by mid-February). For EISEF, you’ll enter your project on our website and upload your paperwork to us — just like in 2017. For the state fair, you’ll register on their website — just like in 2017.

So, we’re asking to bear with us. This year, you’ll separately enter at EISEF and register at SSTFI. Let’s hope that in 2019 you can do it once for both fairs.

We’ve started to recruit judges (January 13, 2018)

2018 EISEF Logo is now available (November 13, 2017)

EISEF 2018 season starts (September 1, 2017)

Location and date of this year’s Fair: Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, on March 17, 2018.

Come to the first EISEF Board meeting and see what it takes to put on a science fair!

  • When and where: Thursday, September 14, at 5:30 PM, in the Marion Public Library.
  • The Calendar of Events shows the meeting dates for the whole season.

This year’s ISEF will take place in Pittsburgh, May 13–18, 2018. Visit the ISEF Website for more information.

Senior students & adult sponsors: You need to review the ISEF rules—they’ve changed for 2018.

ISEF Awards (May 19, 2017)

These Iowa students received Grand Awards at ISEF in Los Angeles:

Pranav Chhaliyil (Maharishi SAE, Fairfield)

  • Microbiology, Third Award of $1,000

JJ Kapur (Valley HS, West Des Moines)

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences, Third Award of $1,000

Aaron Wills (Central Lee HS, Donnellson)

  • Environmental Engineering, Third Award of $1,000

This Iowa student received a Special Award at ISEF in Los Angeles:

Aaron Wills (Central Lee HS, Donnellson)

  • International Council on Systems Engineering, Honorable Mention

Congratulations to all of you!

Senior Champion will miss ISEF trip (April 2, 2017)

Sadly, EISEF Senior Champion Manasa Pagadala will not represent Iowa at ISEF in Los Angeles in May.

On March 30 we learned that Manasa’s science mentor has patented the cancer treatment that Manasa’s project is based on. He (the mentor) is okay with her presenting the work at small fairs like EISEF and SSTFI (Iowa state fair), but not at ISEF where it might receive international exposure — and his objection means that Manasa can’t go to ISEF.

Manasa, the morning EISEF judges rated you highly among the senior projects. In the afternoon, the finalist judges named you one of the best. This patent twist — disappointing as it must be — can’t take away what you did at EISEF.

What about a replacement?

No, we won’t send another student to ISEF in place of Manasa. We asked the finalist judges to name the strongest two or three students as worthy to represent us at ISEF; that’s what they did. We didn’t ask them to name alternates, “just in case”; and in fact they said that none of the other students they interviewed came close to Manasa, Aaron Wills, and Mason Burlage.


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