The Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase
Each year, the District School Board of Pasco County hosts the Pasco Science and Engineering Showcase. This science fair event is a deeply enriching experience for every student, regardless of prior experience. Through the scientific research process, students take ownership of their interests, explore pressing issues and problems that our world faces every day, and stretch their creativity in an attempt to design and implement powerful solutions. Several of these young men and women advance to state and national competitions and many ultimately pursue careers in specialized scientific and engineering fields. This year, the 2021-22 Pasco Science and Engineering Showcase will be returning to a face to face event held on January 29, 2022 at Thomas Weightman Middle School. Both the elementary and secondary fairs will occur on the same day. The invite only awards ceremony will also be held in person at the Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center on the following Wednesday evening (February 2, 2022) from 6-9 pm.
Our next generation of successful scientists and engineers needs you! We are in need of judges with expertise in science, technology, math and engineering related fields. Volunteering to judge at the Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase is a rewarding and uplifting experience that is actually best realized when a student researcher is presenting their project and realizes their judge both understands and cares about their research. By judging, you are providing encouragement and opportunities for our future scientists and engineers to grow and succeed. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, click the image to register.
Elementary Scientific Research Resources:
Elementary Showcase Challenge Launch Notebook
|Available with students MyLearning Science Course or by contacting email@example.com|
A document explaining the importance of the Showcase Challenge and how to help your child.
A video that explains the design process
This movie is a great way to spark creativity, spark ideas and explore how bold solutions get started. The 42-minute film was originally shown in IMAX theaters around the world. It is now available to stream on Netflix or at the link above. This film would make a good ‘movie night’ to help students start thinking about their Showcase Challenge ideas.
2021 Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase Parent Information Flyer <-Soon
Showcase Finalist Informational Video <-Soon
Parent information for students selected to participate in the Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase (District level competition)
The Informational video walks finalists and parents through day of district competition.
|These are the rubrics judges use for scoring projects. The videos review the parts of each rubric in detail that will be used for judging.|
Secondary Scientific Research Resources:
Coordinator and Classroom Support:
|Coordinator Contact Info Form||Coordinators, please take a moment to share your contact information with us.|
|Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase Overview||An overview of the the district competition with important reminders and due dates.|
Showcase Parent Info Flyer <-Soon
Showcase Coordinator & Particpant (Student/Parent) Info Pack <-Soon
|Parent and School Coordinator information including a schedule for the District competition.|
|This is the powerpoint used at the school fair coordinator's meeting this year. Learn about the latest updates to the Pasco County district level competition as well as state and international policy and rule changes.|
|Pasco Z-Fairs Website||This is the z-fairs website that coordinators (or if directed by their school coordinator, students) will register their students for the district competition. This also where students will submit their required paperwork for competition.|
|2022 ISEF Rules & Guidelines||
This document outlines the specific state and international rules for science fair projects. The state competition abides by all international guidelines but has additional requirements and limitations defined in the SSEF supplement below.
This document outlines the specific state rules that apply above and beyond the international rules.
|ISEF Rules FAQ||The ISEF SRC has attempted to provide answers to questions that they commonly receive about the International Rules and Guidelines|
|Roles and Responsibilities of Individuals||
Outlines the roles and responsibilities of both students and adults with regard to science fair research, experimentation, & competition. Includes description of Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Scientific Review Committee.
|Display & Safety Rules||
These regulations must be adhered to when a finalist exhibits a project at ISEF. All projects must adhere to the Display & Safety requirements of the affiliated fair(s) in which they compete to qualify for participation in ISEF. The SSEF fair has additional restrictions and requirements. Check the SSEF Rules Supplement above for specifics. Knowledge of these requirements is the responsibility of the Finalist, Adult Sponsor, and Fair Directors.
|Judging Categories||All projects are organized into 1 of these 13 categories as defined by the State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida|
|These are the rubrics judges use for scoring projects|
|Judging Rubric Guiding Questions||Guiding questions for judges to elicit student responses about their projects|
|Planning and Hosting Science Fair at Your School||Here are some easy steps to setting up and hosting a science fair at your school. Great for new coordinators.|
|Sample Science Fair Timeline||Example school timeline|
|Pasco Science Fair Powerpoint Template||
This PowerPoint template provides teachers and students with an additional option for presenting scientific research and aid in the development of the student presentation for school level fairs (Check with your school to determine if this option is allowable). Note that a backboard is required for students participating in the District Showcase as well as the State or International Science Fair Competitions.
|Project Idea Support||Resources, advice, and stories of inspiration on completing research outside of a traditional laboratory environment|
|Science Project Flip Chart||Can be used to help students outline the Science & Engineering Fair process|
|ArchimedesInitiative Channel||Watch student researchers discuss various topics of scientific research|
|Entry Form <-Soon (most likely digital registration)||Required for the Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase and the State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida - Due by 12/17/2021|
|Abstract (Editable pdf) <-New||Required for the Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase and the State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida - Due by 12/17/2021|
|Editable word documents. Required for the Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase and the State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida - Due by 12/17/2021|
|Form 1: Checklist for Adult Sponser (Editable pdf)||Required for the Pasco Science & Engineering Showcase and the State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida - Due by 12/17/2021|
|Form 1A: Student Checklist / Research Plan|
|Form 1B: Approval Form|
|Form 3: Risk Assessment Form (Editable pdf)|
|All other Forms (1C, 7, etc)||Find all other forms here. Some may be required depending on nature of project. (Scroll down to bottom right)|
|Regenron International Science & Engineering Fair|