number of exhibits are either entered in the wrong section or do not
really have the necessary attributes for either section of the Fair.
use the information below, as
well as the tick-box table to ensure that students are not disappointed
by finding their entry has been incorrectly classified or is ineligible
boundary is neither definite nor fixed
Recognise a need/opportunity
Define the problem
Develop a plan
Design alternative prototypes
Produce a solution
Attempts to disprove hypothesis
Develop a ‘solution’
Products, processes, environments
Ideas & understanding
Human needs and opportunities
Truth & knowledge
simply summarises ideas of
others or collates scientific
knowledge or is a model
of existing technology or natural phenomena does
not fall into either of the
required categories and should
not be entered into the Fair.
scientific investigation for school students usually follows some
version of the "scientific
(though not all scientific investigations do!). CLICK
for some guidelines...
test / Scientific investigation example
development example...what the
judges look for...
exhibits as science or technology...
Rather than meeting a
human need or
opportunity, is the exhibit mainly driven by curiosity about something?
Was most of the research
gathering new data in response to an observation and/or hypothesis?
Did the gathering and
processing of data
ensure its validity and aim to determine its significance to causes of