Student Resources

Resources for Students are linked below.  Check out all of the resources to make sure you have everything you need before starting your inquiry project!

Prior to registration- Please check the Scientific Review Page and complete required documentation and approval!

Looking for a mentor?  Contact Dr. Wygant at 

** Important guidelines for safety... 

As an ISEF Affiliated fair, all projects must follow and abide by the the Safety Regulations at the International Rules for Pre-college Science Research

 Safety Regulations apply to ALL students, though only grades 6-12 must submit SRC paperwork. Please see Scientific Review Page for more information**

An Overview of Forms  can assist with how to fill out required forms

Team Projects are Encouraged!

Submit SRC Forms for Pre-approval Here

Getting Started on a Project

Getting Started- steam expo

Important Dates for 2025 Expo!

Important Dates Science and Engineering Fair 2025

Use this Forms Wizard Link to determine which forms are needed for your project

Submit SRC Forms for Pre-approval Here

For Definitions and Explanation of forms, see the Rules and Regulations, beginning on page 5

Qualifications for entry into the Santa Cruz STEAM Expo

Project Entry Qualifications

Research Plan Guidelines.pdf

Research Plan/ Project Summary Guidelines

Project Basics

Project Essentials

The Notebook

The Notebook

ISEF safety forms24.pdf

Safety Forms from ISEF

Templates & Guides for Project Proposals


How to Write a Research Report

Statistics for Research.pptx

Statistics For Research

Project Display Board.pptx

Project Display Regulations


A Guide to Spotting Bad Science


How to Write an Abstract

Example Abstracts by Grade Level

Grade Level Examples of Abstracts

research board - ngss - ccss connections-1-.pdf

Research and Invention Board Examples

Expo Awards

Possible Awards

Registering a Student on Zfairs

 having troubles registering? call or text Heather Wygant at 408-596-4258 

Zfairs student registration directions 2024

Project Checklist

What Judges look for in a student project:

What judges look for in a high-quality project

SEP Rubric 2024

Judging Rubric (tabs for each grade-band- El, MS, HS)