ESF Environmental Challenge Science Fair and Career ExplorationFor 7th & 8th grade students
Join us Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The Environmental Challenge is a science fair and career exploration opportunity designed especially for all Syracuse City School District seventh and eighth grade students.
Environmental Challenge encourages:
- Student projects that support and extend 7/8th grade science curriculum
- Student research, scientific inquiry, and critical thinking
- Students to begin exploring science and science-related careers
- Students to explore and understand the urban environment and its relationship to the global environment
Volunteers and Judges are needed. Without the help of over 100 volunteers, this event could not be possible. Email Maura Stefl to sign up.
The 2017 Challenge was a huge success with over 600 students, over 250 projects, over 100 judges, and over 80 sheet pizzas! Special thanks to the culinary students at Syracuse Institute of Technology for providing food service assistance.
Teachers and Student Information: Thursday April 12th, 2018 deadline for registration submission.
- Teachers Complete This First: School/Teacher Registration Form
- Project Submission Form
- ESF Media Release Form
- Rules and Guidelines and Suggestions for Successful Projects (PDF)
- Environmental Challenge Rubric (criteria) (PDF)
- New in 2018: Are you interested in having ESF Graduate and Undergraduate students provide in-class and after school support to your science clubs and students for the Environmental Challenge? Learn about the After-school STEM Mentoring Program (ASMP)
Volunteer Judge Information
Take the opportunity to influence the lives of young scientists! The encouragement and interest shown by volunteer judges is an essential part of the Challenge experience. Co-sponsorships, recognized on our website and printed materials, are available for organizations with groups of 3 or more judges.
Rules and Guidelines to Follow:
- Projects should conform to ISEF rules regarding HUMAN SUBJECTS, VERTEBRATE ANIMALS, POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS BIOLOGICAL AGENTS, and HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS, ACTIVITIES or DEVICES.
- Rules & guidelines (Society for Science and the Public resource page)
- The ISEF forms are not required unless projects fall into non-exempt areas of the categories above. ESF Outreach recommends avoiding projects requiring an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects or a Scientific Review Committee (SRC) for Vertebrate Animals, Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents, and Hazardous Chemicals, Activities or Devices.
- Schools are responsible for all student projects the require IRB and SRC review under ISEF rules. ESF Outreach is unable to review or support projects and the IRB/SRC process.
- Projects that entail combustion of any sort are strongly discouraged. There should be no demonstrations of combustion/flammability at the Science Fair; it will result in immediate disqualification and confiscation of materials.
- No liquids or food items should be brought along with projects. (Carrier Dome field rule)
Special thanks to our in-kind sponsors and groups that supply five or more volunteer judges: