Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair

40th Annual Frederick County Science & Engineering Fair
March 20, 2021

Format (in-person, hybrid or virtual) has not been finalized yet

More information coming soon!

Spring 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony



ISEF Rule Wizard (For help selecting needed ISEF forms)

All ISEF Forms 

Abstract (Required for high school only)

Registration will open in January 2021.


Registration will close on February 28th, 2021 at 11:59pm!


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Middle School Division Registration 

High School Division Registration 



2020 Tip Sheet

Project Type Descriptions


Complete 2021 ISEF Rules and Guidelines 

This regional ISEF affiliated science fair is open to all students (private, public or homeschooled) who live in or attend school in Frederick County.

Students DO NOT need to qualify through a school fair to participate in this county level fair. 

Students may enter only project per year.

Registration Video

(Want tips on what you need to do to register? Watch the above video!)

Watch us set up a previous fair!



All HS & MS participants must complete an official ISEF packet (Forms 1, 1A, 1B, Research Plan). Participants with potentially hazardous projects (human subjects, vertebrates, biological agents, institution based projects, hazardous chemicals, etc.) MUST complete additional ISEF forms and receive pre-approval as needed.

All registration materials (online registration & ISEF paperwork) are due to the FCPS Secondary Science Office 191 South East St. Frederick MD 21701 by February 28 at 11:59 pm. Paperwork can be sent electronically to or in hard copy. See above for the forms.

*Please contact with any special accomodations required for judging or the awards ceremony.

Want to submit forms electronically (including electronic signatures)? Watch a tutorial for assistance. 

SET-UP (Subject to change): Friday (March 19, 2021) evening 5:30 to 7:30 PM - must check in project during this time to be eligible for judging on Saturday (March 20, 2021)

Your science fair project should be set up as a display. Most students use tri-fold boards that sit on a table top. The student is responsible for bringing all materials needed for display. The fair follows all ISEF display and safety regulations. No living organisms are allowed to be displayed. For details please visit

JUDGING (Subject to change): Saturday (March 20, 2021)

High School 9:00AM - 12:00PM - must be present entire time
Middle School 9:00AM - 11:00AM - must be present entire time for the following categories: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical & Health Sciences, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Energy: Chemical & Physical, Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Robotics & Intelligent Machines
Middle School 10:00AM - 12:00PM - must be present entire time for the following categories: Behavioral & Social Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Embedded Systems, Engineering Mechanics, Materials Science, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Systems Software, Translational Medical Science

OPEN TO PUBLIC: 3:00 - 4:00 PM

PROJECT CATEGORIES (For help selecting the proper category for your project):  The category you entered at the school level may be different than the county level.

HS  OVERALL WINNER & RUNNER UP  advance to compete in the Virtual International Science & Engineering Fair, May 9-14, 2021. Several student observers may also have the opportunity to travel as ISEF guests.

Top MS winners qualify to enter the national Broadcom MASTERS competition! 300 semifinalists are selected from across the nation and the top 30 compete in Washington DC!

LOTS of prizes and specialty awards for all grades, 6-12!