Welcome to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs

Important Dates & Times

Sunday February 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM
Sunday February 28, 2021 at 3:00 PM

Welcome to Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs Virtual Project Competition

2021 TCRSF Awards List:   2021TCRSFAwards.pdf

The 2021 Virtual TCRSF Fair program is available at 2021VirtualTCRSF.pdf

Awards PowerPoint Feb 28 2021  2021AwardsPresentation3.pdf

 

Updated High School papers nominated for the tri-state competition: HSpapers2JSHS.pdf

Updated High School projects nominated to state competition:HSprojects2state.pdf

Updated Middle School projects nominated to state competition  MSprojects2state.pdf

 

Older Material:

Directions for projects advancing to state competition:  2021 SSEF Participant Instructions

Directions for papers advancing to to tri-state competition: 2021 JSHS Research Paper Instructions

Directions for projects nominated to advance to ISEF: Nominated 2021 ISEF Finalists and Alternates Instructions

Awards Program: WebEx on Sunday, February 28, at 1:00 pm CST.  You must pre-register for attending the awards program.  The password for pre-registration is TCRSF - The link is: TCRSF Awards Program.  You will be emailed a link to the program with the appropriate password for attending.

Common quick links for help with the new site:

  • Judges - select the Judge's Main tab for further instructions. We will need judges in 2022 for our virtual research paper competition! And for our hopefully in-person project fair February 25-27, 2022 (judging is Friday, Feb.25, 2022).
  • Overview of the new system
  • Teachers must register before students so they can help with all their students paperwork.
  • Students, if you need us to enter your teacher or school, contact us.
  • Project registration fee is $25 per student.
  • Research paper registration fee is $20 per student.

Future plans: TCRSF will be held at the State Fairgrounds, Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, Clough St & Judson Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108 on February 25-27, 2022.

Please use the menu "Create Account" and the sub menu of the type of account you want to create.  Do not use the Create Account box on the lower right portion of this page.  The instructions are better using the menu method.

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Students

See the General Tab for all the latest news and announcements.

The 2021 Virtual Fair program is available at - 2021 Virtual Program

For instructions, help, and examples for the virtual project competition, see TCRSF Virtual Project Competition.

Directions for the Q/A - Interview with Judges information:.Information about QA.pdf

The Q&A between judges and students will be through the zFairs platform. Please be signed into zFairs and in the zFairs web conferencing tool on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  This allows for interaction and scientific discussion and replaces the time you would sit at your project during an in-person fair.

Judges will come in and out of your interview “room.” Please do not exceed 10 minutes with each judge. Judges will have reviewed your virtual exhibit and video(s). Do not give them your full presentation. Expect this to be a time of discussion about your project and the science/engineering.

Stay at your computer the entire time, but have a book or something with you to do that you can pause when a judge arrives.

We are planning for an Open to the Public on Saturday, February 27th. Details soon.

The virtual awards program is scheduled for Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 pm CST. We will provide the link and information for you to attend.  We will also post the awards list. 

We will announce those projects and research papers that are promoted to state and JSHS: The Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair (grades 6-12) and the JSHS (for HS research papers) competitions will be on state's zfairs website mnmas.zfairs.com. You will keep the same login as you use on tcrsf.zfairs.com. More information after the awards program.
 

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Older information during registration is below:

Teachers must register before the students register in order to allow the teacher to access and support the student.  Students, if you need us to enter your teacher or school, contact us.

SRC / Display and Safety

The SRC requirements and rules have not changed in the virtual fair format. The TCRSF electronic forms do not apply this year.  The student / teacher paperwork management portion of this web site allows for the downloading of blank forms and uploaded of completed forms.

Questions? Contact us at director@tcrsf.net. Phone support is also available: Timara Underbakke 763-577-1400 (hours vary but you can leave a message).

Teachers

See the General Tab for all the latest news and announcements.

\The 2021 Virtual Fair program is available at - 2021 Virtual Program

For instructions, help, and examples for the virtual project competition, see TCRSF Virtual Project Competition.

Directions for the Q/A - Interview with Judges information:.Information about QA.pdf

The Q&A between judges and students will be through the zFairs platform. Students must be signed into zFairs and in the zFairs web conferencing tool on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm.  This allows for interaction and scientific discussion and replaces the time you would sit at your project during an in-person fair.

Judges will come in and out of the student's interview “room.” Please do not exceed 10 minutes with each judge. Judges will have reviewed the virtual exhibit and video(s). Students do not give judges their full presentation. Expect this to be a time of discussion about the project and the science/engineering.

Students stay at their computer the entire time, but have a book or something with them to do that you can pause when a judge arrives.

We are planning for an Open to the Public on Saturday, February 27th. Details soon.

The virtual awards program is scheduled for Sunday, February 28 at 1:00 pm CST. We will provide the link and information for all who want to attend.  We will also post the awards list. 

We will announce those projects and research papers that are promoted to state and JSHS: The Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair (grades 6-12) and the JSHS (for HS research papers) competitions will be on state's zfairs website mnmas.zfairs.com. Students will keep the same login at state that they use on tcrsf.zfairs.com. More information after the awards program.

All who are logged in to tcrsf.zfairs.com may see the other virtual exhibits. Go to the Fair tab at the top, then pull down to Showcase. Give it a minute to load. You may see videos, PDFs, abstracts, and so on from each project. You may search for key words, or student names, or by category. When you are done, click on Home or on the 9-County logo to go back to the Home page. Enjoy the Showcase!

Older Information:

An Adult Sponsor may be a teacher, parent, professor, and/or other professional scientist in whose facilities the student is working. This individual must have a solid background in science and should have close contact with the student during the course of the project. Please register as a Teacher before your students register their projects/research papers, so that your students can select you from the list of teachers.

For instructions, help, and examples for the virtual project competition, see TCRSF Virtual Project Competition.

The Adult Sponsor is responsible for working with the student to evaluate any possible risks involved in order to ensure the health and safety of the student conducting the research and the humans and/or animals involved in the study. The Adult Sponsor must review the student’s Student Checklist (1A) and Research Plan/Project Summary to insure that: a) experimentation is within local, state, and Federal laws and ISEF rules; b) forms are completed by other required adults; and c) criteria for the Qualified Scientist adhere to those set forth below.

The adult sponsor, in collaboration with the student, is responsible to fill out the "Checklist for Adult Sponsor" (ISEF Form 1). The adult sponsor date must be before the student's experimental start date (stated on Form 1A).

Questions? Contact us at director@tcrsf.net. Phone support is also available: Timara Underbakke 763-577-1400 (hours vary but you can leave a message).

Judges

See the General Tab for all the latest news and announcements.

Thank you for considering judging these STEM students during this virtual fair.

UPDATED DIRECTIONS for Virtual Q&A Interviews with the students: Updated Directions for Judges for Interviews with Students Question and Answer Time.pdf

EXCEPTIONS LIST: Students who will be present during only part of the time. (This does not count if a student has a short bathroom break, or short prayer break.) This list will be updated as the information changes. Schedule Exceptions for Friday Interview Round 2.pdf

Sample Interview questions: 2021SampleQuestionPoolForJudges.pdf

The 2021 Virtual Fair program is available at - 2021 Virtual Program

A searchable list of abstracts for all the projects is available at - 2021 Project Abstracts

The judging instructions are available at  - 2021 Virtual Judging Instructions DO NOT mark any students "no show" - instead contact the director, please. (email director@tcrsf.net)

Project Judging FAQ for Main Round 1: Project Judging FAQ.pdf

Current withdrawn project list: Withdrawn Projects

If you would like a volunteer hours letter, please send an email to director@tcrsf.net with your name and number of hours worked. I will email you volunteer hours letter (PDF).  If your workplace does a volunteer match donation if you volunteer enough hours, please remember that we are an all-volunteer 501c3 educational nonprofit and would love your support that way as well! 

Older Information:

Please create your judging account by using the "Create Account" menu and the "Judge" sub-menu at the top of this page.  Do not use the create account below the login box.  In the registration process there is a field for your user name.  It defaults to your first and last name.  Please do not change this to your email address.  The system cannot handle special characters in that field including the @ sign of an email address. You may edit your user name, but no spaces and not special characters including @ or .(dot).

Project judging will be on this site. If you already registered for project judging on tcrsf.net, you will need to re-register on this site.(Our tcrsf.net website hosted the research paper competition. Thanks to all who helped make that a huge success this year!)  Those judging both projects and research papers, must be registered on both sites. 

There are 2 rounds of project judging:

  1. The first round is virtual only judging.  This is from February 19 to 24, at your leisure.  The judges see the student's abstract and paperwork. There is a video of the student explaining their project and other information.  This is scored and saved as a scoring round.  There are no direct interactions with the students for this round.  This round is the recommended time for special awards judging to review all the projects for their awards.
  2. The goal of the second round is to have judges and students meet online (like zoom but through this web site) for scheduled interviews.  It is instead of the face to face judging that would happen in an in-person fair.  This will be on the late afternoon and evening of February 26th, likely starting around 4:00 PM. Since the judges have already reviewed the project presentations and materials in round 1, this will be primarily be a question and answer session. This exchange of ideas regarding the student's project is INVALUABLE to most of the students! The students get an opportunity to interact with a professional!

We need judges to judge both within their expertise and educated judges to judge outside their field of expertise so that the students will have to clearly present their projects to scientists who may not know the jargon of the project. We ask that high school project judges please have at least a bachelor’s degree in a science field or 5 or more years of work experience in science/engineering. Upper division college undergraduate students in a science/technology field sign up to judge only middle school projects/papers. We will provide a judging schedule for February 26.

All who are logged in to tcrsf.zfairs.com may see the other virtual exhibits. Go to the Fair tab at the top, then pull down to Showcase. Give it a minute to load. You may see videos, PDFs, abstracts, and so on from each project. You may search for key words, or student names, or by category. When you are done, click on Home or on the 9-County logo to go back to the Home page. Enjoy the Showcase!

Volunteers

See the General Tab for all the latest news and announcements.

If you are able to volunteer (before, during, and/or after the science fair), please let us know. We need more volunteers to make TCRSF even better! Questions? Email us at volunteers@tcrsf.net or call (Contact Us). Groups of volunteers may also sign up to work together. Email or call. We are an all-volunteer 501C3 educational non-profit.

We would prefer volunteers to register online so we have appropriate contact information. You may email or call us to update your registration preferences if that is helpful.

We would prefer volunteers work for a minimum of 3 hours. Some of the tasks below are longer. In those cases, some volunteers may prefer to work only part of the task time.

2021 is totally different than normal, so we are still developing the work flow needed for a virtual fair.

We need volunteers to review student entries for safety and compliance with the rules - you would get to work from a check list. You would not be disqualifying any students, but rather draw attention to anything that needs to be edited. It is not difficult, but is necessary. (examples: photos or diagrams must be credited with the source, no photos of surgical procedures would be on display, no awards and no endorsements can be on the student site, etc.)

Any adult with science or engineering skills may be able to help judge. We need judges for our online research paper competition February 5-16, 2021 (reading and scoring papersonline at your leisure according to a provided rubric) Our Display and Safety review of student entries is scheduled for February 16-18, 2021 (online).  Round 1 of project judging is scheduled for February 19-24, 2021. Round 1 will be judging of the materials and videos provided by the students. Think of round 1 as a pre-judging round. Round 2 will be live on-line interaction between students and judges on Friday, February 26, 2021. The awards ceremony is planned for Sunday, February 28, 2021.

We also have need for volunteers who like to do social media content - and volunteers with a science background to read student research plans (to determine what safety and pre-approval documentation levels are required).

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