Elementary and Middle Schools

If local schools wish to participate in the Beal Bank USA Southern Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair (SNRSEF), it is recommended that schools hold their local school science fairs according to our recommended dates. Individuals must participate in their school's science fair in order to advance to the SNRSEF.

Elementary School Divisions and Awards

  • Grades K-5
  • Each school may submit a maximum of 12 science fair projects and 12 inventions
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade are allowed to submit class projects only
  • Team projects are allowed a maximum of three students
  • Number of awards will be based on number of projects in a particular category and at the discretion of the science fair director

Middle School Divisions and Awards

  • Grades 6-8
  • Each school may submit a maximum of 12 science fair projects and 12 inventions, any grade level or category
  • Science fair projects are divided into two categories: life sciences and physical sciences
  • Team projects are allowed a maximum of three students
  • Number of awards will be based on number of projects in a particular category and at the discretion of the science fair director

Project review and approval are the responsibility of the individual participating schools. However, projects must still meet SNRSEF criteria in order to participate in the regional fair.

Schools are required to register with SNRSEF online. No paper documents need to be submitted. The two online registration sites include:

If your registration of either the school or individual/team projects will be after the deadline, please contact the fair director for approval before submission. If the school fails to meet the deadlines and fails to get approval, the school is responsible for notifying parents who thought their child’s project would be submitted in the regional fair. If parents show up at the fair without prior school/student registration or approval, their student will not be allowed to compete in the fair.

Institutional Review Boards

Federal Law requires the formation of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review all research involving animals and humans. Schools must form their own IRB. Schools are encouraged to use the information provided by the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair:

  • Human Subjects Risk Assessment Guide
  • Human Subjects
  • Animal Subjects

Use of Petri Dishes

Using Petri dishes or cell culture dishes can be dangerous and harmful to participants and those around them if not handled in the correct manner or supervised by a qualified individual. Projects that involve the use of Petri dishes will NOT be allowed at the Beal Bank USA Southern Nevada Regional Science & Engineering Fair unless a medical doctor or another adult with a Ph.D. in the sciences supervises the student and his or her project.

Elementary Science Fair Board
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Awards Programs

For Awards Programs, please email sciencefair@unlv.edu.

Contact

Shane Bevell
Science Fair Director

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Box 454001
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4001

Campus Location: MPE 136
Phone: 702-895-2079
Fax: 702-895-4159
Email: sciencefair@unlv.edu