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Here are some display guideline reminders as you prepare your projects:


o    The Science Fair Safety Committee will disqualify any project deemed unsafe.

o    All project displays must adhere to all County, State, and federal laws for public safety. Lasers must be appropriately shielded. Projects must sustain their own weight.

o    No hazardous materials may be exhibited at the project display. This includes, but is not limited to, acids, unsecured glassware, mercury (including glass thermometers), hazardous microbes, carcinogenic and radioactive materials, open flames, and unsealed foodstuffs which may attract pests. For these items, the substitution of illustrations or photographs is encouraged. Materials in violation of this rule will be marked and must be removed by the participant before judging will be allowed. The judgment of the Directors of Judging is the final authority on permissible materials.

o     Displays may not contain any living organism. This prohibition includes all animals, plants, and studied collections of microscopic life forms such as bacteria, fungi, and molds. The display of preserved animals is not permitted. Projects may not display photographs of procedures detrimental to the health and well being of vertebrate animals. Photographs of surgical procedures may not be exhibited.

o    Projects requesting electrical power will be provided with one 110 volt outlet. You must bring your own UL approved three prong grounded extension cord. The Science Fair does not provide extension cords. No gas or water outlets are provided. If you require electrical power, you MUST put your project along the wall in a designated location. 

o    Please do not put your name on the front of your project or on your project notebook.  If it appears, we will use a black marker to cross it out.

o    You will be assigned a project number.  Please confirm your project category at check-in as many projects are reclassified by the Scientific Review Committee.  Make sure that you place your display on the appropriate table and at your assigned space. Please also verify that you are classified properly as a Junior Division or Senior Division Project.

o    Judges will be rating your projects as Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory or Needs Improvement in the following areas:  Research – Bibliography, Originality/Creativity, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Display Quality, Conclusions, Verbal Defense, and Overall Rating.  See our sample judging sheet in this mailer.

o    All project boards MUST include your conclusions for consideration. 

o    Wikipedia is NOT a source.

If you have questions or need any further information, please contact:

Ginny Brown: phone (831) 755-0303, fax (831) 755-6473



Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair


2012 Special Awards Provided By:


American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Pt. Lobos Section
One Junior and one Senior Division award for Exceptional Projects
American Meteorological Society
Two Senior Division Awards for Outstanding Atmospheric, Related Oceanic or Hydrologic Science Projects
American Psychological Association
One Junior or Senior Division Award for Outstanding Research in Psychology and Social Sciences
American Public Works Association
Three $100 Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Senior Division, in Applied Mechanics,
Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
ASM International Foundation
One award of a Medallion and Certificate for outstanding use of a materials-related concept and
demonstration of some aspect of the materials paradigm.
Association for Women Geoscientists
One award for a female student whose project exemplifies High Standards of Innovativeness and Scientific Excellence in the Geosciences. Special consideration will be given to projects that increase the public awareness of the geosciences, illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the geosciences, or promote the sensitivity to the earth as a global system.
Broadcom Masters – Rising Stars in Math, Applied Science, Technology & Engineering
Students are selected to apply for advancement to the national science, technology, engineering,
and math competition for U.S. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This is a program of Society for Science & the
Public, that inspires and encourages the nation's young scientists, engineers and innovators.
California Association of Professional Scientists
One award for overall outstanding project in any category of a plaque and $100. The winner
is eligible to compete for CAPS statewide Outstanding Young Scientist Award
CSUMB's Watershed Institute: Water for Our Future
Sponsored by Carol Reeb, Hopkins Marine Station and Doug Smith, Cal State Monterey Bay
CSUMB's Watershed Institute will present one award ($100 and certificate) for a project that explores ways to solve water
shortages in the home, on the farm, at work or at school that are safe, reliable, and sustainable for our future.
Background: Over the last one hundred years, communities within Monterey County have expanded and populations have grown such that water has become a valuable natural resource limited in supply. Not only do we need clean, safe water to drink and use in our homes, we need water to irrigate fields to grow crops. We need water for businesses to operate and tourism to thrive. We need water to fight fires and for keeping our living spaces clean and disease-free. In short, water is life and it sustains a way of life we have grown accustomed to living. But in the future, will there be enough water to meet our County's needs? If not, what changes must we make? CSUMB's Watershed Institute will present an award to a project that can suggest innovative ways to solve a water shortage. For example, a winning project could develop a new water source, suggest better ways to manage and conserve our current water sources, or calculate how much water we could save in specific methods used to reduce, reuse, and recycle water.
Intel Excellence in Computer Science
One award, Senior Division, of $200 and a certificate for top projects in computer science.
Monterey County Ag Education
Junior or Senior Division Awards - $150 for projects related to agriculture. $100 for projects related to ag engineering.
Monterey County Schools Insurance Group
Three cash prizes, Junior or Senior Division, for top projects addressing health related issues and healthy
lifestyle in the categories of behavioral sciences, biochemistry/molecular biology, chemistry,
microbiology, pharmacology/toxicology, physiology, zoology.

Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency
One Junior and one Senior Division Award (wooden plaque and recognition by the MRWPCA Board).
Preferred topics include: effects of seawater intrusion on food crops/economy; compare safety/quality/costs
of various water supply sources for irrigation or potable use; pollution prevention at the source;
compare effects of water softener salts: sodium vs. potassium.
Background: Water is life. It's needed for the vitality of our communities and the environment. Monterey County obtains 95% of its water supplies from underground aquifers. Over time, demand for water has grown to the point that our aquifers are no longer in hydrologic balance. Aquifer overdraft and contamination have resulted in seawater intrusion, loss of riverbed habitat, subsidence, and increased costs. To slow seawater intrusion in the Salinas Valley, the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) recycles 20 million gallons per day of wastewater for crop irrigation. MRWPCA also has plans to further purity recycled water for groundwater replenishment to augment drinking water supplies on the Monterey Peninsula. It is important for each of us to protect our valuable water supplies. Garbage and toxic waste don't just disappear when they're washed down the drain or down street gutters. They can end up at the wastewater treatment plant, in the recycled water, the groundwater, or in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. MRWPCA invites projects that evaluate alternative or innovative water supplies and source control through proper waste disposal and use of less toxic products. For more information, visit or contact Karen Harris, Community Relations Specialist at 831-645-4604 or 831-422-1001.
Mu Alpha Theta
One award, Senior Division, for a project demonstrating the most challenging, thorough, and creative investigation of a problem using modern mathematics – the project does not necessarily have to be entered in the Mathematics category.
National Association of Professional Engineers
One award of a certificate and lapel pin, Junior or Senior Division, for outstanding work in environmental science or environmental engineering demonstrating awareness of the importance of controlling and preventing corrosion.
NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
One award of a medallion and certificate for an outstanding project in the following research areas: Earth system science, climate change, atmospheric science, weather phenomena, oceanic, marine and coastal science, environmental/ecological science, engineering and robotics as applied to oceanic and marine sciences.
Northern California Institute of Food Technologists
Cash prize(s), Junior or Senior Division, for outstanding projects related to food and food safety.
One award, Junior or Senior Division, of a certificate and subscription to Science News Magazine for
the project whose principles and technical innovations offer the greatest potential for increasing our
ability to grow environmentally friendly and socially responsible businesses.
Society for In Vitro Biology
One award for the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the area of plant
or animal in vitro biology or tissue culture
Stockholm Junior Water Prize
One award, Senior Division, for the best water related project and advancement to State competition.
U.S. Air Force
Four awards for the most outstanding overall projects.
U.S. Army
Five Senior Division Awards of a certificate and presentation folder, and a U.S. Savings Bond for the top project in engineering, environmental sciences, mathematics/computer science, life sciences, and physical sciences
U.S. Metric Association
One award for the top Senior Division project that involves a significant amount of
quantitative measurement that best uses SI metric system for measurements
U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps
Two Senior Division Awards: Certificate of achievement, medallion, and award letter, and $50 online gift certificate. Two Junior Division awards of a certificate of achievement and medallion for top ranked projects.
Yale Science and Engineering Association
One award for the most outstanding 11th grade student exhibiting in the areas of
computer science, engineering, physics or chemistry.


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