Upper Fair (7th – 12th Grade)

2024 Region VII Upper Fair Date: March 20, 2024

Once a school has completed their local school fair, teachers will email all eligible students a student registration link and a step-by-step guide on how to register. Each school has the option to bring 1st - 6th place in each grade (7th - 12th) in each of the 13 science categories. That means that there is the potential to bring 78 students per grade for your school, if approval is granted by your administration. The Upper Fair is divided into three classes: Class 3 (7th-8th grades), Class 4 (9th-10th grades), and Class 5 (11th-12th grades). Each participant will be judged against their peers in their class and category.

Follow the steps below to register your school and upper fair students for the Region VII Fair.

STEP 1: Teacher Registration

Deadline: November 9, 2023
Beginning in 2023, schools will no longer register for science fair. Instead, we are asking teachers to register through the zfairs registration system. A new account will need to be created each year to help us keep track of which schools will be returning. A step-by-step guide is available to help you through the registration process.

STEP 2: Student Registration

Deadline: February 8, 2024; late registrations incur additional cost and are due by February 22, 2024

Students will register through zfairs using the student registration link. During the registration process students will be asked for: abstract, form 1, 1A, 1B, and a research plan must be completed for each student attending the Region VII Upper Fair. Please use the current 2023 ISEF forms.
Required forms for the Upper Fair students (Grades 7th – 12th) are:

  • Form (opening in December)
  • Abstract Form
  • Form 1
  • Form 1A
  • Form 1B
  • Research Plan (see Form 1A page 2 for more details)

*Handwritten abstracts WILL NOT be accepted! 

STEP 3: Additional Forms

Due with Student Registration Required Forms

Students may be required to completed “additional forms” based on the nature of the project. Please view the Additional Form list below to determine if and when one of these forms is needed. Please use the current 2023 ISEF forms.

  • Form 1C – Research Institution
  • Form 2 – Qualified Scientist
  • Form 3 – Risk Assessment
  • Form 4 – Human Participants
  • Form 5 – Vertebrate Animal
  • Form 6A – Hazardous Agents
  • Form 6B – Human Vertebrate/Animal Tissue
  • Form 7 – Continuation

*Please notice date details on ALL Upper Fair Forms (1 – 7).  Some forms and dates must be filled in “Prior to Experimentation”.

If any of these forms are needed, the zfairs system will request that you upload them to your student account.

STEP 4: Upload Project Forms

Deadline: February 8, 2024; late deadline February 22, 2024
The zfair system will walk you through what forms are required and then you will upload them to your account.

STEP 5: Prepare for Fair Day and Attend

Fair Day: March 20, 2024

Prepare for fair day by making your project board display and practice explaining and answering questions about your project.


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