Welcome to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs

Important Dates & Times

Sunday February 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM
Sunday February 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Welcome to Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs
Project and Research Paper Competitions.

All directions and information regarding the promotion of students to advanced competitions is on the Home - Student's Main tab.

The fair program can be found on the following link 2022TCRSFprogram.pdf

Preliminary Awards List - 2022PreliminaryAwardProgram.pdf Science projects promoted to the MSSEF as listed alphabetically by the complete project number (including the text portion).  Research papers promoted to JSHS are listed alphabetically by the last name of the lead student.

Preliminary Awards SlidesTCRSF 2022 AwardsPresentation.pdf

MSSEF Alternates List:  2022MSSEFAlternates.pdf

JSHS Alternates List:  2022JSHSPaperAlternates.pdf

 

Summary of project and paper entry details:

  • The system manages science projects and research papers as 2 different type of "entries".
  • Science project numbers start with either a S, T, or W depending upon your affiliated region.  Example, project S-HS-BMED-801 is St. Paul affiliation, high school, Biomedical and Health Sciences category, fair entry number 801.
  • Research papers number start with P.  Example P-HS-BOIM-802 is a paper, high school, Paper: Biomedical Sciences; Cell / Molecular Biology, fair entry number 802
  • What ISEF expects for high school virtual displays in 2022: Project-Material-Guidelines.pdf

Future plans (2023): TCRSF will be resume at the State Fairgrounds, Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, Clough St & Judson Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108.

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Students

See the General Tab for all the latest news, announcements, and calendar / schedule changes.

March 2nd Update - Project Promotion Schedule:

  • The winning projects going to the state fair (MNMAS) have been electronically transfered.
  • As TCRSF understands it - the techers of the students will also be able to log into the MNMAS zFairs web site.
  • No additional alternates will be promoted.  The state fair quota is full.

Projects (grades 6-12) promoted to State Science Fair: The electronic transfer to the MNMAS has been completed! Information about state can be found at State Science Fair

Research Papers (HS only, grades 9-12) promoted to JSHS: you will register at another site. See information at MNMAS's JSHS. By competing, you will now present your paper in a video or slide set with voice over, in addition to the PDF of the paper. If you know that you will NOT be attending JSHS, please email director@tcrsf.net with your name & research paper number so we can promote an alternate in your place.  Please decide by noon Tuesday, March 1 pm so we can promote alternates. Research papers do not need to notify us on the web site (like projects) that you will be attending.  We will assume you are attending of you do not notify us.

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If you or your parents are responsible for paying your registration fee, please mail a check for the full amount owed ($25 per student for project and $20 per student for research paper = total of $45 total for EACH student, whether as individual or as part of a team). Make your check out to TCRSF (Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs) and mail to:

TCRSF, 13570 Grove Dr. #277, Maple Grove, MN 55311

Enclose a list of who the check covers if paying for more than one student. Good idea to put student name in the memo blank of the check.

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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.

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, announcements, and calendar / schedule changes.

All directions and information regarding the promotion of students to advanced competitions is on the Home - Student's Main tab.

Teachers of Students Promoted to State Science Fair: New info from State.

  • Teacher Access To Students In zFairs -
    • Regions using zFairs -  Regions can promote teachers with their students and if they do the teachers will be able to use their same credentials to log in on the state site. Teachers would then have access to their students on the state site after being promoted with their students.

 

Older Information:

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 entry (project or paper). 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!

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.

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, announcements, and calendar / schedule changes.  All the latest judging information will be added to this tab as the fair process proceeds.

Thank you to all the judges who made this 2022 fair season a success.

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.

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.

The complete list of calendar events can be found at https://www.tcrsf.net/CalendarDeadlines.aspx. 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.

For 2022, we are 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.) Adults may serve on Display and Safety, and HS student may serve with approval of the Display and Safety chair or the director of TCRSF.

Any adult with science or engineering skills may be able to help judge. We need judges for our online research paper competition as well as online project judging.

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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