Get Started!

Welcome to the 2016 BCC/Rensselaer Mass Region III Science and Engineering Fair!

Getting Started…

We’ve created this site in the hope that centralizing forms and info will make your participation in the Mass Region III Science Fair as easy as possible!   While we would like to call to your attention some important points below, please start by reading the Student Handbook which is available under the Rules/Forms tab of this website.

For all:  Under the Rules/Forms tab of this website you’ll find all the forms you’ll need to participate in the fair.  ALL of these forms are “fillable” pdfs which means that they can be completed right on your computer then printed out, signed, and forwarded to Region III. Please DO NOT email or fax forms to the fair!

For all:  Students must have their ORIGINAL NOTEBOOK with their projects at the Region III Fair.  Students should not re-write or re-type their notebooks.  Ten points are deducted for students without original notebooks.

For all:  Note that Parents cannot participate in any way in a student’s project!

For all:  Please be advised that DEADLINES are hard and cannot be waived.  This includes missing forms or attachments so please plan accordingly.  Consult the calendar tab on this website for deadlines.

Teachers:  Please carefully screen projects PRIOR to forwarding to Regional SRC.  Take care to send ONLY projects that require pre-approval. We recommend that teachers also read the respective student manuals.  Links to these documents can be found under the Rules/Forms tab of this website. In the past, a number of schools have submitted EVERY project for pre-approval prior to experimentation. As the fair grows it is becoming increasingly difficult to review these extra projects and we ask for your cooperation in internally vetting those projects that don’t obviously need pre-approval.  If, after reviewing these documents you are unsure if a particular project requires pre-approval, by all means submit it to SRC.  Note:  Middle School projects are still hard copy submissions while ALL high schools should submit via the SEFOS system.  Find more info below.

Teachers:  An Institutional Review Board (IRB) should be set-up at each school where there are students performing Human Subject projects.  There, projects need be pre-reviewed prior to forwarding to SRC.

Teachers: School coordinators are urged to send all entries/forms together in the same envelope including the $8.00 fee per student.

High School Students:  You will be pleased to find a link to the SEFOS Forms Wizard  (http://massscifair.com/sefos/.asp) where you’ll be guided through a series of questions.  At the end of the process the Wizard will tell you which forms you need to submit to your teacher and the Region III Fair.

Middle School Students:  Please note the kinds of projects/experiments that you are permitted to do.  Please read the rulebook carefully.  Middle school students are prohibited from doing the same types of projects as students at the high school level.