ESF Outreach & Syracuse City School District proudly present
2016 ESF Environmental Challenge
Science Fair and Career Exploration for 7th & 8th grade students
Join us May 17, 2016
The 2015 Challenge was one of our biggest yet with all the SCSD middle schools participating. Over 700 students, over 300 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.
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 Environmental Challenge is a science fair and career exploration opportunity designed especially for all Syracuse City School District seventh and eighth grade students. Photo: Amanda Imundo
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
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)
Teachers and Student Information: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 deadline for registration submission.
- Rules and Guidelines and Suggestions for Successful Projects (PDF)
- Science Project Planning Sheet (PDF)
- Environmental Challenge Rubric (criteria) (PDF)
- Registration Forms with Media Release (school and student forms, download and print PDF)
- Students are encouraged to also present their projects at the CNY Science & Engineering Fair
- ESF Media Release Form
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.
Special thanks to our in-kind sponsors and groups that supply five or more volunteer judges: