ATTENTION: Students, Teachers, and Parents Updated Info Rules and Entry Forms for the 44th Annual Guam Island Wide Science Fair

Welcome to the Guam Island Wide Science Fair

Tel (671) 477-3658 | P.O. BOX 5154 University of Guam Station, Mangilao, GUAM 96923

This year’s 44th Guam Annual Island Wide Science Fair will be held virtually, due to the surge in COVID cases Guam has experienced recently. All participants must submit entry forms by Friday, March 25, 2022. Completed entry forms and project reports and power point posters are to be turned in Online through our website at: www.guamislandwidesciencefair.org. Contact Megabyte in Tamuning at (671) 649-9638. this year’s website sponsor, if you have technical difficulties and need help with entering your project. Don’t leave entering to the last day it may be crowded online towards the deadline. The website will open by March 1, 2022 for entries.

Online projects will be judged between March 26 -March 31, 2022. Finalists will be notified and selected projects will be invited to compete in final rounds via zoom on Saturday APRIL 2, 2022 between 8:30 and 3:30PM. They will be given a zoom ID code by email for their online interview. Interested persons should read the entirety of these information sheets because a lot of changes have been made in order to go virtual. If you have any questions please contact the Fair Director, Claudia Taitano, email: youtheducationalservices@gmail.com or call (671) 482-1776 or 477-3658, for questions general help or for Scientific Review Committee Safety requirements and those interested in requirements for the high school International Science Fair and middle school Broadcom Master’s competitions.

Contact Dr. Austin Shelton for help with Environmental Science and Sustainable science projects at shelton@triton.uog.edu, or Contact Dr. Frank Camacho, for help with Biology, Chemistry and Physical Science and Electronics projects at (671) 735-2835 fcamacho@triton.uog.edu or Roland San Nicolas for help with library resources for your reports at (671) 735-2341 rolandsn@gmail.com. Because it is unlikely that COVID will end soon a virtual project report and a virtual poster using power point will be judged on our website. For grades K, to 5 a picture of their poster will need to be uploaded if they don’t know how to make a power point slide. Phone numbers for each student and an email will be required so those selected from their uploaded posters and reports can be interviewed virtually by the judges via zoom.

WHO CAN ENTER?

All Elementary, Middle/Junior, or Senior High level students from all public, private, home schools and DODEA schools are welcome to submit entries . We realize that schools might not be able to hold traditional school fairs. To accommodate this problem each school can decide how many projects they need to submit. Since we won’t need tables this year feel free to submit what your teachers select from each of their classes. Each science class might select their best several representative projects. Home schooled students may submit their projects directly.

SHOULD YOU SUBMIT GROUP PROJECTS?

Projects should be the efforts of individual students, while groups are eligible for some category awards, group projects will not be considered for top overall awards. While some schools may find it financially better for students to work in groups, students should come up with their own approach, poster and experiment if they want to be eligible. Try to have students develop their own approach or experiment when working with limited supplies

or in groups so that although they may be sharing supplies or equipment and have similar subject matter they have their own project presentation, report and entry. This is important for their education as well. In school a student has to take his/her own SAT test for example. They do not get a degree in college as a group, but as an individual.

HOW DO I ENTER?

A filled out copy of the 44th. Annual Guam Island Wide Science Fair Entry Form must be submitted for each entry along with a report explaining what was done and a virtual poster picture or power point. Copies of Rules and forms are available on the Official Science Fair Website at www.guamislandwidesciencefair.org. When filling in the Entry form please supply all information. Note that Completed forms must be turned into the website no later than 5PM, Friday, March 25 , 2022. All research projects involving humans, animals, controlled substances, pesticides, hazardous chemicals, tissues and DNA, must submit the Qualified Scientist Form.

WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?

Living or dead animals or any potentially dangerous items must be properly displayed and or handled.
No living or dead animals, insects, or cultures (petri dishes) or hazardous items may be used without
approval before you begin your experiment. You MUST have a signed approval of a medical doctor
if your project involves human research or a veterinarian if your project involves animals before
conducting your research if your project involves animals or if your project serves as a pesticide,
or involves use of hazardous chemicals or extracts from plants you must have the supervision of a
trained chemist or biologist with a PhD. Contact Dr. Frank Camacho at the University of Guam
science building for help finding an appropriate person to approve your project.

Projects involving Blood, humans as test subjects, molds, RNA, DNA or stem cell and tissue
cultures require an MD approval before beginning your project in order to meet International
Science and Engineering Fair requirements and guidelines for student research.
We support these safety guidelines and requirements. If you have any questions, or need copies of
the required International Science and Engineering Fair rules guidelines for grades 9-12 and forms
contact the Fair Director, Claudia Taitano at youtheducationalservices@gmail.com. At set up time
Scientific Review Committee members will check your project. No 11otentially dangerous 11rojects will
be allowed. Qualified Scientist forms are required in advance of experimenting along with a plan for
research. Failure to submit forms in the interest of safety may disqualify entrants from various prizes
and participation.

WHAT ARE THE SUBJECT CATEGORIES?

All projects will be placed in an appropriate category by the entrant(s) and or Science Fair
administrators if there is a problem with the category selected by the entrant. The chief judge will settle
any disputes. The categories are: 1) Ecology, Earth Science and Sustainability projects, 2) Physical
Science, Electronics, Computer and Math projects, 3) Human/Medical projects, 4) Animal/Plant
projects, 5) Chemistry projects 6) Energy, Inventions including Engineering, and Robotic projects.

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