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The Southern Minnesota Regional Science and Engineering Fair Program is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) Program. Rules are set-forth by Intel ISEF; these rules are followed exactly as listed on the Intel ISEF website for students in grades 6-12, competing at the Middle School/Senior High School Division. At the elementary level, grades 3-6, the rules are modified and simplified. If in doubt about any aspect of the rules, check with the Regional Science and Engineering Fair Office. The changes are designed to reduce paperwork while ensuring student safety.

All students at the local level must have the "Elementary Project Approval Form" completed before the project is started. For most projects this form signed by the student(s), a parent, and/or classroom teacher is sufficient. The purpose of this form is to ensure that the student has a project that is safe and that he/she will have a positive learning experience.

If a project involves human participants or vertebrate animals, Intel ISEF "Human Participants Form (4) or the "Vertebrate Animal Form (5A) must be completed and signed by your local SRC/IRB Committee PRIOR to the onset of the project's beginning date. Other forms may also be needed. It is best that students dealing working with Human Participants or Vertebrate Animals to utilize the Intel ISEF Rules Wizard. The wizard will help you figure out which forms are needed. These certificate forms do not need to be forwarded to the regional office, but should accompany the Elementary Project Approval Form on the regional fair day. (Never send us the originals of the certification forms - student/educator should keep originals and send copies.) The "Vertebrate Animal Form (5A, 5B)" is not needed for invertebrate animals, or observation of nonhuman vertebrates. The "Human Participants Form (4)" is needed for observation of humans.

If you do not have a SRC/IRB Committee, set one up locally or contact the Regional Science Fair Office at for assistance.