ATTENTION: Students, Teachers, and Parents Updated Info Rules and Entry Forms for the 45th 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 45th Guam Annual Island Wide Science Fair will hopefully be held in person at the University of Guam Science
Building. All participants must submit their projects and all forms by Friday, March 24, 2023. Completed entry forms, project
reports and posters are to be uploaded on line through our website 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 on-line towards the deadline. The website will
open by February 16, 2023 for entries.

This year the fair will be held in person at the University of Guam Science building on Saturday, April 1, 2023 with set up on
March 31, 2023. Schools should plan on holding school fairs in February to give their students enough time to enter the Island
Wide Science Fair and have excellent projects. If the pandemic becomes a problem we can easily adapt to an on-line fair so all
projects will be need to be entered on-line. The international Fairs are also requiring on line entries. Interested persons should
read the entirety of these information sheets because a lot of changes have been made in order to go back to an in person fair
safely, while being ready to be virtual if that becomes needed. Ify ou have any questions please contact the Fair Director,
Claudia Taitano, email: or call (671)482-1776 or 477-3658, for questions general help or
for Scientific Review Committee Safety requirements and those interested in competing for the high school International Science
and Engineering Fair prize or the middle school Broadcom Master’s prize.

Contact Dr. Austin Shelton for help with Environmental Science and Sustainable science projects at, or Contact Dr. Frank Camacho, for help with Biology, Chemistry and Physical Science and Electronics
projects at (671) 735-2835 For help researching your projects contact Roland San Nicolas for help
with library resources for your reports at(671) 735-2341 or 671 797-9191 Because it is unlikely that
COVID will end soon a virtual project report and a virtual poster using power point may need to 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 if we need to do so. However we are going to try to hold the fair in person this year
at the University of Guam. Students will need to have a poster that stands up on its own.

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 if we have another year
with COVID. To accommodate this problem each school can decide how many projects they need to submit, but we will need
all entries in on time so we can order enough tables and provide an adquate number of judges.

Projects should be the efforts of individual students, 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 to participate. 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

A filled out copy of the 45th. 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
( When filling in the Entry form please supply all information. Note that Completed
forms , reports and virtual posters must be uploaded into the website no later than 5PM, Friday, March 24, 2023. All
research projects involving humans, animals, controlled substances, pesticides, hazardous chemicals, tissues and DNA, must
submit the Qualified Scientist Form. All particpants wanting to compete for off island trips ISEF or Broadcom Masters must
submit all ISEF forms in the documents folder.

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
Broadcom Masters forms grades 6-9 contact the Fair Director, Claudia Taitano at At set up time Scientific Review Committee members
will check your project. No potentially dangerous projects 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.
ISEF forms for Middle and High School participants are also available on our website at

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.

In determining the trophy awards this year the 44th Annual Island Wide Science Fair will utilize
the following grade groupings called Divisions: Division I grades K, 1, 2; Division II grades
3,4,5; Division Ill grades 6,7,8; Division IV grades 9,10,11,12. Grades K, and 1 usually have very
few students, any students competing from these grades will be encouraged with a special
consideration due to age. Age will be considered by the judges in the grade groupings and for
some other prizes. Depending upon the number of entries grade grouping or category groupings
may change.

Projects will be evaluated based on the completed entry forms, report submitted and in person
and/or virtual power point poster. Those projects meeting the requirements will be given a
judging room and project number in order to set up their projects on March 31, 2023 between
5PM-7PM at the University of Guam Science Building. All projects must be uploaded on our
website at ( You must attach your forms, a report and
poster when you enter on the website in order to receive a set up room and project number to
be officially judged at the University of Guam on April 1, 2023 from 8:30 AM -3:30PM.

There should be a Principal or teacher or parent responsible for supervising students from their
school, while conducting and presenting their projects. If the participant is borne schooled, students
should have a parent supervising the projects. Participants by submitting the entry form certify
that it is agreed that the fair, GSDS, its organizers, sponsors, judges and the University of
Guam will not be held liable for any and all problems or injuries that may occur during set
up, at the fair, or at the awards ceremony, or at space camp, internships, Broadcom Masters
Fair or the International Science & Engineering Fair if they are a winner.

By submitting the entry form participants, parents and teachers agree that pictures may be
taken during the fair and awards for use in media and publications. Parents and
participants also agree to release the pictures for use in various media including TV, Internet
website and other publications.

All participants will receive a certificate when their school representative attends the awards
ceremony. The category winners will receive trophies, compliments of Marianas Energy Co and
IPE, Shell Guam and others. Major sponsors include; Marianas Energy Co and IPE, Shell Guam.
The University of Guam and Megabyte this year’s virtual website host.

Major Contributors provide major support for the fair through faculty, facilities and assistance
from programs such as NSF, Sea Grant, EPSCORE and NOAA and internship prizes.

Other contributors include; Mc Donald’s Restaurants, Pacific Daily News, KUAM, Payless
Markets, Pepsi, Trident Consulting, Basto Catering and others.

The Overall Grand Prize winner may receive: *** A TRIP on United Airlines to the NASA
SPONSORED SPACE CAMP or SPACE ACADEMY for winner to Huntsville Alabama or if their
project meets all of the requirements and we have sufficient high school participation they might be
eligible to represent Guam at the International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Dalas
Texas May 8-13, 2023.

The Overall Grand Prize winner must have a valid passport.

Winners as young as 12 years old may qualify for the space camp prize. The flights, tuition and
airfare only are covered for Space Camp. There are no accommodations for parents and adults at
space camp, because this is a camp. There may be adult camps at a similar time. Students must
share accommodations with others in the camp. There may be restrictions about some foreign
nationals being allowed to attend Space Camp and Space Academy Camps. If the COVID threat is
not over this winner will be given a computer from Megabyte instead or an internship.

Other Division winners may receive Computer tablets. Trophies and other prizes will be announced
at the awards ceremony.
**GSDS is not liable for prizes if the sponsor goes out of business or has some other problem that
makes them unable to fulfill their pledged prize.

Other prizes may be made available by various Guam businesses later. Category trophies will
be awarded and certificates. All prizes will be awarded at the Guam Hilton Hotel Awards
Ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 PM. Masks may be
Required depending upon Covid Status. Availability of prizes is dependent upon receipt
of pledged donations. If Airlines go out of business or the business does not fulfill
its pledged donation, or we have a lock down not permitting travel GSDS will not be
able to be responsible for the prize.


This year’s awards ceremony will be at the Guam Hilton, Micronesian Ballroom. Light
refreshments will be served, beginning at 6:00 P.M. Sunday, May 28, 2023 Trophies for all
category winners and prizes will be awarded to each individual winner. Pictures will be taken.
This has always been a nice event. All entrants are encouraged to attend and to dress
appropriately to having their picture in the newspaper. School uniforms are fine. Reasonable
numbers of guests are of course acceptable, such as parents and teachers. Masks are
required. Due to social distancing guests will be limited to 2 for each winner. Due to COVID
this may change the date or even the venue may change.

1. All projects must include a complete entry form for each participant with phone numbers and email
addresses so they can be contacted for judging. In order for us to affiliate with ISEF and for funding we
also must prove all ethnicities are included and males and females are included, so fill out all of the
information requested so we can continue to hold the science fair. Ages and grades are required for
competition grouping. Student and parent and teacher emails and contact numbers are also required.
Failure to provide a complete entry form application will disqualify your project.
2. Also required For ALL Grades A picture of your poster or a power point poster should be uploaded
Your Tri-fold poster will also need to be set up at the UOG science building. The poster should include:
  A. Project Title at the Top
  B. 250 word Abstract (This is a short summary of the Project)
  C. Statement of the Problem or Rationale ( why is this project important? )
  D. Statement of the Hypothesis (an educated guess you will be testing with your experiment)
  E. Explanation of the Experiment used to test the hypothesis
   1.) Discuss the procedure used (Don’t waste space listing materials on your poster)
   2.) Discuss the control group and experimental group, Discuss the variables
   3.) Include pictures of your experiment and data or table of your data
   4.) Include a graph or analysis of the resulting data
  F. Discuss your results conclusion and recommendations.
  G. Briefly list any help you received
3. A Project Report is Required for All projects. (use up to 12 power point slides or pdf pages) This
report along with the virtual poster will be judged in round one. The report should be no more than 12
pages and may be many fewer pages for lower grades. A good formula for teachers might be a page for
every grade up to say 10 pages. Grade 1’s report might be 1page long for Grade 2 a report of 2 pages
would be fine. …Use as many pages as it takes to explain what was done, see page 5 for more detailed
4. A Video explaining the project 2-3 minutes in length may be attached. (see the science fair website for
more details and tips for creating a video) The Video is optional. One will be required for the ISEF
competition. 4.
This year’s awards ceremony will be at the Guam Hilton, Micronesian Ballroom. Light
refreshments will be served, beginning at 6:00 P.M. Sunday, May 28, 2023 Trophies for all
category winners and prizes will be awarded to each individual winner. Pictures will be taken.
This has always been a nice event. All entrants are encouraged to attend and to dress
appropriately to having their picture in the newspaper. School uniforms are fine. Reasonable
numbers of guests are of course acceptable, such as parents and teachers. Masks are
required. Due to social distancing guests will be limited to 2 for each winner. Due to COVID
this may change the date or even the venue may change.

The Project Report should include the following: (No more than 12 pages double spaced, 12pt Times
font, captions under pictures or data may be smaller) This gives the student the chance to explain
the project in more detail than the poster board alone. Grades Kinder through 2 do not have to type
their reports. It will be important along with the virtual poster in round 1 judging.
1. The following should be included on the first page of your report:
• Your First and Last Name
• Project Title
• School
• Grade
2. Explain your research problem, rationale or question being researched
• Explain what is known or has already been done in your research area. Include a brief review of
relevant literature. If this is a continuation project, a brief summary of your prior research is
appropriate here. Be sure to distinguish your previous work from this year’s project.
• What were you trying to find out? Include a description of your purpose, why the project is
important, your research question, engineering goals and/or your hypothesis.
3. Explain your methodology and procedures for carrying out your project in detail.
• What did you do? What data did you collect and how did you collect that data? Discuss your
control group and the variables you tested.
Lists of materials unless they are novel or unusual tend to waste space in your report and can be
included as you discuss your methodology and procedures.
4. What were the result(s) of your project?
• Include tables and figures which illustrate your data.
• Include relevant statistical analysis of the data, use graphs.
5. What is your interpretation of these results?
• What do these results mean? Compare your results with theories, published data, commonly
held beliefs, and expected results.
• Discuss possible errors. Did any questions or problems arise that you were not expecting? How
did the data vary between repeated observations of similar events? How were results affected
by uncontrolled events?
6. What conclusions did you reach?
• What do these results mean in the context of the literature review and other work being done in
your research area? How do the results address your research question? Do your results support
your hypothesis?
• What application(s) do you see for your work?
7. References
• This section should not exceed one page. Limit your list to the most important references. List
the references/documentation used which were not of your own creation (i.e., books, journal
articles). Use the APA citation format.

There will be numerous judges, many of them are university professors with a doctorate in the
category they are judging. Some of the judges are medical doctors and nurses and some have had
specialized training with the Armed Forces. There will be two rounds of judging in the
morning a basic 72 winners will be selected and posted by 1PM in the courtyard. The 1st place
winners in each category will be selected to go on for division awards. All judges’ decisions are
final. Judges will not be expected to critique student projects that is the teacher’s role. Judging
records are available to the fair’s Major Sponsors and the Scientific Review Committee. With
over 700 entries many of them with partners in past years, it is simply impossible to give
individual feedback for each project to each participant, teacher or parent.
WHAT IS THE JUDGING CRITERIA? Judging criteria is taken from the criteria used in
Hawaii Science and Engineering Fair and the International Science and Engineering Fair it
   1) Creative Ability- originality in question asked, methods, data analysis, and interpretation
of data. (25%)
   2) Scientific Thought- Experimental Design with variables and controls. Use of appropriate
engineering process if it involves an engineering project. Are objectives and procedures
clearly stated. Are variables or potential users needs are well defined. In case of
inventive or engineering projects, are relevant, and adequate testing of a problem and
solution evident. (35%)
   3) Thoroughness, is the purpose achieved, completeness of data and notes, knowledge of
scientific literature and other approaches to problem solution evident. (15%)
   4) Skill – Is there evidence of student competence in lab, computation and design skills,
craftsmanship of products, assistance received and type technical consultant help
received. (15%)
   5) Communication- is the project clearly described or explained, is there effective use
oflanguage, is it easy to read. (10%)

Students who have properly entered a project (filled out all of the forms and uploaded their
report, student picture and picture of their poster) by the deadline of March 24, 2023 will be
informed that they are eligible to set up their poster and project materials at the university of Guam on
Friday, March 31, 2023 from 5PM to 7PM. On April 1, 2023 beginning at 8:30AM students will be
interviewed to determine first, second and third place in each grade group and category, results will
be posted in the courtyard.

Be sure to let the judges know if you have not been judged before the judges leave the room.
Parents and others may be asked to leave the room during the judging process. Participants should
not talk to others while others are being judged. Bring a book or quiet game to keep entertained
during the judging. No skateboarding or running around or bullying is permitted. Do not remove
projects until judging is officially over. Failure to abide by the rules can result in your school’s
disqualification from all awards. After the first round, winners are notified in the courtyard.

Second round will begin after lunch from 1PM- 3:30PM. Hot dogs and other refreshments will be
available in the courtyard. No other concessions are permitted due to clean up concerns.


QUALIFIED SCIENTIST FORM: 45th Island Wide Science Fair
This form should be signed before the start of student experimentation
for all projects involving research on humans, animals, hazardous chemicals, devises or substances used as
pesticides and controlled substances, molds, or pathogens, RNA, DNA, tissues. Teachers should require a project
plan be turned in before approving all science projects. . GRADES 9-12 Be sure this form is attached.
Student’s Name ____________________.Grade __
Title of Project_________________ School ________
To be completed by the Qualified Scientist: (Please print clearly or type)
Scientist’sName ______________ Earned Advanced Degree _______
Contact email ____________ Phone Number __________
No vertebrate animals may die or be harmed as a result of student experimentation
2) Will human subjects be used? …………………………………………………………… 0 Yes
3) Will controlled or hazardous substances be used? ……………………………….. 0 yes
(includes DEA classed substances, prescription drugs, pesticides, alcohol and tobacco)
a) Will they be used according to existing ……………………………………… O yes
local, state and federal regulations?
I ) Will non human vertebrate animals be used? . ……………………………………… 0 Yes Ono
b) Please list the name(s) of the controlled or pesticide substance(s): _______ _
4) Will recombinant DNA be used? ………………………………………………………. 0 yes Ono
5) Will pathogenic agents be used? ……………………………………………………….. 0 yes O no
If yes, name(s)_ ___________________
If yes, will accepted procedures be used? ……………………………………………. O yes Ono
6) Will human blood, blood products or body fluids be used? …………………… 0 yes O no
7) Will hazardous devices be used? ……………………………………………………….. 0 yes O no
If yes, list or describe: ————————- 1 certify that I have reviewed and approved an ISEF(IA) Research Plan. If the student or Designate d Supervisor is not trained
in the necessary procedures, I will ensure her/his training. I will provide advice and supervision during the research. I have a
working knowledge of the techniques to be used by the student. The student will attach a Research Plan. If a regulated
substance is used in this research, I certify that I possess a DEA license required for procuring and dispensing the substance. I
understand that a Designated Supervisor is required when the student is not conducting research in my laboratory. If a
pesticide or other hazardous chemical or device is used I certified that I have the appropriate certifications and that all
research will be conducted under appropriate supervision. I certify that I have read the International Science and Engineering
Fair Guidelines for student research and will comply with them.
Qualified Scientist’s Name (Print)___________________________________________________
Qualified Scientist’s Signature ________________ Approval Date _____
.Science Research: Guidelines for Science and Engineering Fairs for a pelf copy email: youtheducationalservices

DUE NO LATER THAN 5:00 P.M. Friday, March 24, 2023 on line at (guamislandwidescience
Name of participant: (Print or type all Information clearly)
Last Name ______________ . First Name _____________ Middle Initial __
Age __ Grade __ (required for ISEF affiliation) Male __ or Female __ Ethnicity _______
Home Address: __________________ Village ______ Zip Code ______
Participant Home Telephone Number required. ________ Participant’s Email Required ——–
Parent’s Name___________ Parent’s email _______Contact #Weekend Emergency______
If there is a partner on this project. Give their first and last name ———–They must also enter Online. They
must be in the same grade. Partner projects may not qualify for trips instead have your own poster and experiment. You can still work
together using the same materials but you will qualify for all awards.
Name of School: ___________ Email, ___________________
Teacher’s Name: __________ Telephone No. ______ Email ____________
Title of Project=————————————–Category
to be Entered In (Circle Only One Category):
1. Ecology & Earth Science & Sustainability
2. Physical Science, Computers, & Math
3. Human/Medical
4. Plant/Animal
5. Chemistry
6. Inventions, Robotics, Energy
Explain any special needs that your project might have for set up such as water, or electricity.
I understand the following may disqualify my project or are requirements that may disqualify the school’s participation:
* Contact Claudia Taitano, Fair Director at for more help or information about submitting
your project. ALL PROJECTS MUST BE ENTERED ONLINE at www.guamislandwidescience by March 24 2023.
* A qualified scientist form p.7 + a plan must be attached for all projects involving vertebrate animals, controlled or hazardous
substances, pathogens, pesticide projects DNA, RNA, stem cells, tissues and humans and should be signed before you start your
experiment. ISEF forms are required in the documents folder for competing to go off island. *Remember each school may submit at
least one representative project or more for each science class in the school since it may be hard for schools to hold school fairs or at
least their top 3 winners in each category. Because we have to order tables in advance late project entries will not be allowed.
* Students must attend or send a representative to collect trophies or prizes at the awards ceremony and wear masks if required.
* Press releases as to winners may only be sent out by Official Island Wide Science Fair Committee and or the UOG PIO.
* Set up will be Friday, March 31, 2023 from 5 P.M. -7:00P.M. at the UOG science building. No projects may be set up on Saturday.
The Fair is from 8:30 AM -3:30 PM Saturday April 1,2023. Students must be present at 8:30 A.M. and stay until Judging concludes
Saturday. Early removal of projects, failure to follow the rules or disruptive behavior may cause the school to be disqualified from all
** Parents agree to waive all liability for their son/daughter’s participation towards UOG, Faculty, Judges, the Sponsors and
GSDS should any problems arise and agree that pictures of participants and video may be taken and used in
various publications and media. There are 8 pages of the rules & forms by submitting a project, I agree to abide by them.
Participant’s Signature ____________ Date __ __
Teacher’s Signature ___________ Date Parent’s Signature: __________Date __

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