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Important Dates & Times

Tuesday January 01, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Friday March 01, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Monday March 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Thursday March 21, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Display Safety Rules    

          

Safety: Prohibited Items

The Reading-Berks Science and Engineering Fair is an ISEF-affiliated science fair. ISEF provides guidelines for the safety of the students and the public. ISEF guidelines have been used to develop the following rules.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED AND UNACCEPTABLE FOR DISPLAY. THESE ITEMS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE FAIR. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE THEM IN ANY PART OF YOUR EXHIBIT!!!

  • Living organisms e.g. live plants, animals, microbes (bacteria), fungi (mushrooms)Suggestion: use photographs or drawings
  • Dried plant materials 
  • Taxidermy specimens or parts, preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals (includes embryos human or animal food, human or animal parts) Exceptions: teeth, hair, nails, dried animal bones, histological dry mount sections, wet mount tissue slides, empty container of product or picture
  •  Soil or waste samples
  • All chemicals, INCLUDING WATER Suggestion: use the empty container or art supplies to simulate the product
  • Soaps, paints, make-up, shampoo, other cosmetics
  • Poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (i.e. firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices) 
  • Dry ice or other sublimating solids (solids which vaporize to a gas without passing through a liquid phase)
  • Sharp items (syringes, needles, pipettes, any sharp pointed objects on a display)
  • Flames or highly flammable display materials 
  • Empty tanks or containers that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, unless purged with carbon dioxide 
  • Batteries with open top cells (acceptable to use 1.5 v flashlight battery)
  • Awards, medals, business cards, flags, corporate or institutional logos 
  • Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in other-than-normal conditions (i.e.. surgical techniques, dissection, necropsies or other lab techniques)

ACCEPTABLE FOR DISPLAY ONLY (MAY NOT BE OPERATED)

  • Projects with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains and moving parts with tension or pinch points 
  • Class III and IV lasers
  • Any device requiring over 110 volts.

The RBSEF will reject any exhibit which, in its opinion, is not safe or which constitutes a hazard in a public exhibition.

There will be no exceptions to these rules!

 

 

1 For a list of categories and descriptions, visit RBSEF.com
www.rbsef.com/categories/
These descriptions are intended to be guidelines for selection of a category for entry into the Reading-Berks Science and Engineering Fair. They represent a sampling of potential topics. Please contact the Fair Director if you require help selecting a category for your project.
6th Grade Natural Science
Natural Science categories include projects involving the study of biology and living things to include plants, animals and humans. Natural Science categories also include studies of medicine and health, the environment and conservation of natural resources.
6th Grade Physical Science
Physical Science categories include projects involving the study of nonliving matter and energy to include astronomy, chemistry, electricity, heat, light, magnetism and sound.
7th Grade Natural Science
Natural Science categories include projects involving the study of biology and living things to include plants, animals and humans. Natural Science categories also include studies of medicine and health, the environment and conservation of natural resources.
7th Grade Physical Science
Physical Science categories include projects involving the study of nonliving matter and energy to include astronomy, chemistry, electricity, heat, light, magnetism and sound.
8th Grade Natural Science
Natural Science categories include projects involving the study of biology and living things to include plants, animals and humans. Natural Science categories also include studies of medicine and health, the environment and conservation of natural resources.
8th Grade Physical Science
Physical Science categories include projects involving the study of nonliving matter and energy to include astronomy, chemistry, electricity, heat, light, magnetism and sound.
9th-12th Grade Behavioral and Social Sciences (New)
The study of human behavior. This category may include the response to stimulation or motivation, learning and memory, perception of events and social behavior.
9th-12th Grades Botany
This category may include soil management, pest control, nutrition, growth and development, diseases and interactions with the environment.
9th-12th Grades Chemistry
Studies of the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter. This category may include measurement of composition, preparation of compounds, measurement of how materials interact with the environment, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, photochemistry, spectroscopy and astro-chemistry
9th-12th Grades Earth and the Environment
Studies of the planet earth and its environment. The category may include climate, weather, geology, tectonics, air, water and soil quality, bioremediation, ecosystems, environmental engineering, resource management, renewable energy sources, forestry, and recycling.
9th-12th Grades Engineering
The application of scientific principles and math to the design of a device or process. This category includes robotics, solar, material science and the application of computers for control.
9th-12th Grades Mathematics and Computer Science
Math is the study of numbers, quantities, shapes and the relationships between them. Computer science is the study of the principles and use of computers. Math may include algebra, geometry, number theory, probability and statistics. Computer science includes the design, development and application of computer hardware and software
9th-12th Grades Medicine and Health
The study of causes, prevention, cure and understanding of disease including investigations of physical and mental health. The category includes biochemistry, cells, organs and bodily systems, genetics, immunology, nutrition and natural products, teeth and tooth decay, hygiene, sanitation, speech and hearing.
9th-12th Grades Physics and Astronomy
Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two.  Astronomy is the study of anything in the universe beyond the Earth.  This category may include optics, magnets and electromagnets, electronic circuits, lasers, acoustics, nanotechnology, superconductivity, telescopes, cosmology, rockets, theoretical or computational astronomy.
9th-12th Grades Zoology
Zoology is the study of animals. This category may include animal development, diet, behavior, ecology, genetics, animal husbandry.
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