It's that time of year again! Time to start thinking about your science fair project! Yipee!

We've seen many amazing things happen in science & technology this year. Crazy-cool stuff! So, first things first: figure out what you are going to do for your science fair project. Hint: make sure it's something you really care about and are excited about. Here are a few interesting project ideas we came up with.

The 2017 Fair schedule is now online. Take a look and mark your calendars!

2017 Fair Schedule


Starting this year, The University of Utah has begun a policy aimed at keeping our kids safe. Part of this policy means that parents must fill out and sign a Minor Participant Informed Consent & Parent / Guardian Consent to Treatment Waiver and Release form. Only parents / students who have completed and signed this form will be allowed to participate.

All students participating in SLVSEF need to also fill out another set of paperwork in order to participate. It is extremely important that this paperwork be done correctly and on time. Elementary & Junior Division students (grades 5-8) have different paperwork requirements than the Senior Division students (grades 9-12). Here's an overview of what each needs to submit:

Elementary & Junior Division Student Paperwork

Grades 5-8

Elementary & Junior Division students need to fill out and return a registration form to their teachers. To make it easy, we've updated this form so you can fill it out & sign using your PDF reader.

Download English Form

Download Spanish Form

Senior Division Student Paperwork (ISEF Forms)

Grades 9-12

All senior division students are required to complete an important set of documents for your project. This is no easy task, and must be done correctly and on time—you should get started today!

To assist students with this process, we created a special site that allows you to find out what forms you need for your particular project and download them. When you've finished filling them out & gathered any signatures you need, you can then upload them to the same site and our staff will review them for accuracy and completeness. If there are any errors or omissions, we'll help you fix those.

To get started, visit this site and create an account:

To further assist Senior Division students with this paperwork, we made a few videos explaining how to properly fill out this paperwork & common mistakes to avoid. You can view those here:

Paperwork Help Videos

Online Project Registration

Once the paperwork above is filled out, and you've won your district fair, you can register your project for SLVSEF. Students who place at their district fair will be given a special username & password so you can register their projects online. Registration will open on February 1st, 2017.

Registration Fees

SLVSEF fee schedule is as follows:

  Registration Dates Fee
Early Bird Registration February 1st through February 19th $20 per student
On-Time Registration February 20th through February 24th $25 per student
Late Registration February 25th through February 27th $30 per student
Registration Closes February 27th, 2017 at midnight MST

Note: Registration will close at midnight MST on Monday, February 27, 2017. No registrations for any reason will be accepted after that date. Fees shown are per-student. For example, an individual student project registering on or before February 19th, 2017 (Early Bird) will be $20, a team of two registering in the same time frame will pay $40 and a team project of three students will pay $60. The team captain (the person who fills out the online registration form) is responsible for paying the registration fee for the entire team. (He or she can collect the registration fee(s) from the other team members later)

Fee waivers are available for students who cannot afford the registration fee. Students must register on time to receive the fee waiver. Students registering late (after February 25) will not be eligible for a fee waiver.

Student Advisory Board

Do you want to make the science fair even better? We'd love to have you on a special Student Advisory Board. Learn more & apply here.


The Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair (SLVSEF) is one of seven Regional Science Fairs in the State of Utah. If you are in 5th-12th grade attending a private, public, charter or parochial school in the Salt Lake, Tooele, Granite, Park City, Canyons or Murray School District, you are eligible to compete at SLVSEF.

You must first compete and win at your school and/or district science fair to advance to SLVSEF. If your school does not hold a science fair, please contact Jody to discuss options for you to participate.

A science fair project is an exciting thing! Pick a topic and ask a question! It's that easy! Any topic that interests you can be turned into a science fair project. Airplanes? Roller blades? Fish? Dogs? Baseball? All involve science or engineering. Formulate a hypothesis!

Enlist the help of your English and Math teachers as well as your Science teachers. Your English teacher can help you with putting together your background research paper and writing up your notebook and display board. Your Math teacher can help with the planning of experiments and analysis of data.

Be creative with your subject and project. Experiment with different concepts and ideas—the more innovative you are the better.

A Guide to the Science Fair—Made by Students

Our Student Advisory Board wrote a helpful guide giving their insight into participating in SLVSEF. It includes tips & advice for how to choose a project, keeping a journal, making a great display board, and a review of the judging process.

Download Guide

The guide was written by Mirae Parker, Michelle Wei, Bovey Rao, Naveen Rathi, Brandon Cui, and Nityam Rathi, who were all members of the 2013-2014 Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair Student Advisory Board.


Box lunches will be served during the fair. We'll deliver box lunches between 11:00 am and Noon so you can eat them whenever you get hungry. There are three choices including one vegan / guten free option. All lunches are nut- free. You will choose which lunch you want when registering your project.

Vegetarian Box Lunch
  • Vegetarian Mid-eastern style in pita bread
  • Kettle Chips-Plain
  • Whole fruit-Apple
  • Cookie-NO NUT
Vegan / Gluten Free Box Lunch
  • Mixed greens with cucumbers, chopped green apple, and grape tomatoes with balsamic vinaigrette packet
  • Kettle Chips-Plain
  • Whole Fruit-Orange
  • Cookie-NO NUT vegan and gluten free cookie
Snack Box Lunch
  • Carrots and grape tomatoes with roasted red pepper hummus dip
  • Whole Fruit (Banana and Apple)
  • Slim Jim beef jerky
  • Individual bags of fruit snacks
  • Individual bags of goldfish crackers
  • Kettle chips-plain
  • Cookie-NO NUT

How Projects Are Judged

Students and parents often wonder how projects are judged at SLVSEF. You can read about our process in detail here.