Project Screening

No more than 140 projects from elementary schools will be accepted for participation in the fair. Of these, no more than 50 projects will be from the Juvenile Division (grades 5 and 6) and no more than 90 projects will be from the Junior Division (grades 7 and 8). This restriction is made necessary by the limited space available for holding the fair and for the management difficulties created by larger numbers of projects.

From secondary schools 50 projects in total will be accepted from the Intermediate Division (grades 9 and 10) and the Senior Division (grades 11 and 12).

As the procedures outlined below, an effort is made to ensure that each school (which follows all the Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair rules and regulations) will be represented in the fair.

The Screening of Applications

The Niagara Regional Science and Engineering Fair committee is determined to ensure that the competition will include the best science and engineering projects available. Accordingly, all online applications to the fair will be read through carefully in order to ensure that the rules and regulations have been followed. Further screening will be conducted in order to meet the limitations of space and management.

Elementary School Project Application Screening

Step One - Disqualification Due To Non-Compliance with NRSEF Rules and Regulations

During the first round of screening, project applications will be disqualified which:

(1) do not include proper certification for projects involving human subjects or animal studies;

(2) represent projects which demonstrate a dangerous use of materials or procedures;

(3) fall under the ingestion category (including and not limited to taste-testing projects);

(4) are so lacking in detail that it is impossible to determine if Rules and Regulations have been broken.

Step Two - Each Participating School is Allotted Exhibit Spaces

For each elementary school represented by applications, TWO display spaces will be reserved in both the Juvenile and Junior divisions. The school officials (principal, vice principal, or science teacher) are responsible for identifying their preferred projects by ranking projects accordingly on the School Top Project form. Beyond these top projects, each school may send a maximum of TEN applications which will be screened during step three below.

All project applications must be accompanied by a priority list for all projects.

The Registration Committee will choose the order of projects when school officials have neglected to identify their choices. No spaces will be reserved for any school which has had all of its applications disqualified during step one of the screening process.

Step Three - Allocation of Remaining Spaces

In order to allocate Juvenile and Junior applications to exhibit spaces, the following procedure will be followed:

(1) Projects will be accepted which appear next on the schools priority list. One project from each participating school list will be accepted in each division (if one exists on such list);

(2) If spaces, in either division, remain the next project on the participating schools priority lists will be accepted.

This will continue until all spaces are filled.

Step Four - Registration Night Screening

On the night of registration at the NRSEF, members of the Rules and Regulations Committee will give final approval to projects being set up for competition. Project displays which exceed dimension restrictions will be subject to disqualification from competition. Displays which contravene the statutes regarding safety regulations will be subject to disqualification. Projects featuring infraction of the rules, not identified by the screening of applications will be subject to disqualification. In each of these cases, a warning will be issued so that immediate steps may be taken to revise the display in accordance with NRSEF Rules and Regulations.

Secondary School Project Application Screening

Step One - Same as above
Step Two - Omit
Step Three - Omit
Step Four - Same as above


Two clear reasons motivate the use of these procedures. They are:

(1) The NRSEF committee intends to continue its promotion of excellence in science education;

(2) The NRSEF committee intends to make the science fair accessible to all interested school groups.

How To Maximize Project Application Acceptance

For each school to maximize the number of applications which will be accepted, school officials should follow these steps:

(1) Ensure that all students follow the NRSEF rules and regulations when conduction their science fair projects.

(2) Ensure that students undertake projects that go beyond the simplicity of level one or level two type work.

(3) Carefully screen projects at the school level via a school science fair or some other form of assessment.

(4) Carefully supervise the completion of the online application forms by the student; (NOTE that, online applications will be screened carefully by the rules and regulations committee. Acceptance into the science fair will be determined during this application screening process.);

(5) Select at least the top two projects from the home school, and forward the designated "School Top Projects" form;

(6) Ensure that all students are award of the allocation and screening procedures;


Applications should be delivered to the following contact at the following school boards.

Niagara Catholic District School Board
  Dino Petruzzi
  c/o Denis Morris Catholic High School (St. Catharines)

Niagara District School Board
  Sean Hanna
  c/o Don Reilly Resource Centre (Allanburg)

French Catholic and Public School Boards
  Jocelyne Martel
  c/o Ecole elementaire Notre-Dame-de-la-Jeunesse (Niagara Falls)

Home Schooled Students
  Please send the Registration chair an email for further instructions at