The 2016 Fair program has been finalized and can be downloaded at this link.
We are 7 days away from the Fair! I hope all participants are excited! After lots of snow and school delays and closings, an extended registration period, and a shiny new online registration process, we now have everything is well in hand for a great day at John Paul Jones Arena! We have 328 registered projects and 384 students! That’s a great turnout! We can’t wait to see you all!
I have a few general details to share.
- Fair Location. The Fair is being held at the John Paul Jones Arena located at 295 Massie Rd in Charlottesville, VA at the University of Virginia. The Fair will be held on the Arena floor. All project-related activities, including lunch, concessions, the morning orientation, and the evening award ceremony will occur on this level.
- Directions. Can be found here. Parking will be available in the main lot in front of the entrance to the Arena.
- Schedule. Can be found here. To summarize:
- Registration and project set up begins at 8am (please do not arrive and expect to set up earlier than this – I know many of you drive several hours to be here, so if you arrive early that’s fine, but you’ll need to wait until 8am to register and get your assigned project location). There will be a registration table set up in the main entrance of the Arena (called Sandridge Hall) staffed by our Fair Committee members. They will provide you with the location of your table to set up your project. Please remember, glass, soil, bacteria, mold, etc. are not allowed and there will be no access to electricity. If you are using a laptop you’ll need to ensure the battery is already charged when you arrive.
- Student orientation begins at 9:45am in the East end bleachers (Section 108 on the arena floor).
- Judging begins at 10am. See Schedule for further information about Division, Special Awards and Best of Show judging as well as lunch breaks. All breaks and schedule activities will be announced over the PA system, so please listen closely during announcements so you’ll know where to go for the next activity.
- You are free from 2:30pm to 5:30pm to leave the project area and/or the Arena (but please wait to be let go before leaving – Best In Show judging may still be occurring after 2:30pm). Please return by 5:30pm for the awards ceremony.
- Feel free to bring something to entertain yourself during down time. Personal entertainment devices are permitted, but not during judging. Students will not have access to UVA’s Wi-Fi. Teachers may request access – although it is extremely limited and first come first served. Email me to request access.
- Awards Ceremony. Is from 5:45pm to 7pm and will be located in Section 108 on the East side of the Arena lower level.
- If you are on a team and win an award, please see the designated Fair representative after your award is announced so we can coordinate delivery of plaques.
- Teachers of 1st place award recipients in both Divisions will receive $100. Checks will be sent to the winning teachers shortly after the Fair.
- Lunch / Snacks / Concessions. The Fair entry fee includes the cost of a box lunch. Each registered student will receive a lunch ticket in their registration packet. Lunches will be available for purchase for $7 for teachers/parents/chaperones. The Arena will have concession stands open during the day for snacks and drinks. Free water stations will also be available throughout the day.
- Box lunches include a choice of:
- Ham & Swiss Sandwich OR
- Turkey & Provolone Sandwich OR
- Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwich OR
- Veggie Sub
- Box lunches include a choice of:
- Potato Chips, fruit cup, a cookie, and a bottle of water
- If you have any special dietary needs please contact me immediately so we can make other arrangements for your lunch.
- IMPORTANT: The Arena does not allow outside food or drink, so if you decide to leave during the day you will not be able to enter the Arena with any food purchased from outside vendors. If you need to bring your own lunch due to special dietary needs, please contact me to make the arrangements prior to the day of the Fair.
- Be comfortable! This is a long day and there will be downtime, so you might want to bring your iPod or a book to read (we recommend those items are put away during judging). You will also be standing for some time during the judging phase, so bring comfortable shoes and wear comfortable clothes. Chairs will be made available as well, but we suggest students are standing when the judges arrive.
- Fair Program. The full Fair Program will be posted on the VPRSF website for download.
- T-shirts on Sale. We will be selling incredibly awesome black and silver and blue and white VPRSF t-shirts for $10. Please bring cash or a check made out to VPRSF if you wish to purchase one.
- Registration fees. I will be sending invoices soon to teachers who requested one so the school can pay for the project fees. If you haven’t paid fees and haven’t yet made arrangements, please contact me. I’ll be reconciling all fees soon and will reach out to anyone who hasn’t yet submitted payment or made arrangements.
In accordance with the ISEF rules and regulations, the VPRSF will follow these rules changes:
Projects involving student designed invention, program, etc.
- Wording has been changed from “testing of student-designed invention, program, concept, etc.” to “testing of student-designed invention or prototype.”
Changes to Form 4 – Human Participants Form
- Added clarification that the lower part of the form is for IRB Use Only.
- Added “Designated Supervisor Required” as a possible condition for IRB approval.
Potential Hazardous Biological Agents (PHBAs)
- Added hooves, nails and feathers to the list of tissues that do not need to be treated as PHBAs.
- Removed the requirement of SRC approval for some studies using E.coli K-12. “Studies of E.coli K-12 which are done at school and are not rDNA studies are exempt from prior SRC review and require no additional forms.”
Vertebrate Animal Rules
- Studies in which livestock or fish are being raised for food using standard agricultural/aquacultural production practices are allowed. The livestock or fish may be euthanized by a qualified adult for carcass evaluation.
Grand Award Winners are all from Albemarle High School’s Math, Engineering, and Science Academy. Congratulations to:
Monika Grabowska for her win with project “Cardioprotective Effects of Quercetin in Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury: The Role of Oxidized CaM Kinase II” and Seth Liyanage and Ishpreet Singh for their win with project “Gills: The Use of Electrolysis for Extended Underwater Exploration”
Runners up for the Grand Award are:
Will Knopse for his project “Responding to Infectious Diseases Using Game Theory”
Selina Feng for her project “Optimization of Contactless Heartbeat Imaging”
Download the 2015 Fair Program here: FULL PROGRAM 2015