ISEF Display and Safety Regulations
The Intel ISEF Display and Safety Committee is the final authority on display and safety issues for projects approved by the SRC to compete in the Intel ISEF. Occasionally, the Intel ISEF Display and Safety Committee may require students to make revisions in their display to conform to display and safety regulations.
30 inches (76 centimeters) deep
At the Intel ISEF, fair-provided tables will not exceed a height of 36 inches (91 centimeters).
Table or freestanding display must be parallel to, and positioned at, the back curtain of the booth.
Maximum project sizes include all project materials and supports. If a table is used, it becomes part of the project and may not itself exceed the allowed dimensions nor may the table plus any part of the project exceed the allowed dimensions.
At the Intel ISEF, any project with a component that will be demonstrated by the Finalist may be demonstrated only within the confines of the Finalist's booth. When not being demonstrated, the component plus the project may not exceed allowed dimensions.
Forms including, but not limited to, Checklist for Adult Sponsor (1), Student Checklist (1A), Research Plan and Approval Form (1B) which are required for the project or for Scientific Review Committee approval do not have to be displayed as part of the project but must be available in the booth in case asked for by a judge or other Intel ISEF official.
Human Subject Forms (4) (or equivalent form provided by a regulated research institution) for human subjects of the research, surveys, photographs, etc. (if applicable) are confidential information, must not be displayed, but must be available in the booth in case asked for by a judge or other Intel ISEF official. Human Subjects Form (4) or an equivalent photograph release signed by the human subject is required for visual images of humans (other than the finalist) displayed as part of the project.
The Intel ISEF Scientific Review Committee defines the "official abstract and certification" as an UNALTERED original abstract and certification as stamped/embossed by the Intel ISEF Scientific Review Committee. If the Scientific Review Committee requires a Finalist to make changes to the abstract and certification submitted with registration papers, the revised version will be stamped/embossed, will replace the earlier version, and will become the Finalists official abstract and certification.
The only abstract allowed anywhere at a project is the official abstract. The term "abstract" may not be used as a title or reference for any information on a Finalists display or in a Finalists materials at the project except as part of displaying the official abstract.
An original stamped/embossed official abstract and certification must appear on the display board or in a vertical position at the project.
Handouts to judges and to the public must be limited to UNALTERED photocopies of the official abstract and certification.
1) Living organisms, including plants
2) Taxidermy specimens or parts
3) Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
4) Human or animal food
5) Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
6) Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) which are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manfactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)
7) Chemicals including water (Exceptions: water integral to an enclosed apparatus or water supplied by the Display and Safety Committee)
8) All hazardous substances or devices (for example, poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, and lasers (as indicated in item 5 in the section of these rules entitled "Items Allowed at Project or in Booth BUT with the Restrictions Indicated."))
9) Dry ice or other sublimating solids
10) Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
11) Flames or highly flammable materials
12) Batteries with open-top cells
13) Awards, medals, business cards, flags, endorsements and/or acknowledgements (graphic or written) unless the item(s) are an integral part of the project (Exception: Intel ISEF medal(s) may be worn at all times.)
14) Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, or other lab procedures
15) Active Internet or e-mail connections as part of displaying or operating the project at the Intel ISEF
16) Prior year's written material or visual depictions on the vertical display board. Exception: the project title displayed in the Finalist's booth may mention years or which year the project is (for exampla, "Year Two of an Ongoing Study"). Continuation projects must have the Continuation Form (7) vertically displayed.
17) Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (Exception: glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
18) Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & The Public (for example, large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, etc.)
Items Allowed at Project or in Booth, BUT with the Restrictions Indicated
2) Postal addresses, World Wide Web and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers of finalist only
3. Photographs and/or visual depictions if:
a) They are not deemed offensive or inappropriate by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for Science & The Public. This includes, but is not limited to, visually offensive photographs or visual depictions of invertebrate or vertebrate animals, including humans. The decision by any one of the groups mentioned above is final.
4) Any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points if for display only and not operated
5) Class II lasers if:
6) Class III and IV lasers if for display and not operated
7) Any apparatus producing temperatures that will cause physical burns if adequately insulated.
8) The only items that may be displayed on the front of the the provided tables are the forms listed in the section of these rules entitled "Required to be Visible and Vertically Displayed at the Intel ISEF"
1) Finalists requiring 120 or 220 Volt A.C. electrical circuits must provide a UL-listed 3-wire extension cord which is appropriate for the load and equipment.
2) Electrical power supplied to projects and, therefore, the maximums allowed for projects is 120 or 220 Volt, A.C., single phase, 60 cycle. Maximum circuit amperage/wattage available is determined by the electrical circuit capacities of the exhibit hall and may be adjusted on-site by the Display and Safety Committee. For all electrical regulations, "120 Volt A.C." or "220 Volt A.C." is intended to encompass the corresponding range of voltage as supplied by the facility in which the Intel ISEF is being held.
3) All electrical work must conform to the National Electrical Code or exhibit hall regulations. The guidelines presented here are general ones, and other rules may apply to specific configurations. The on-site electrician may be requested to review electrical work on any project.
4) All electrical connectors, wiring, switches, extension cords, fuses, etc. must be UL-listed and must be appropriate for the load and equipment. Connections must be soldered or made with UL-listed connectors. Wiring, switches, and metal parts must have adequate insulation and overcurrent safety devices (such as fuses) and must be inaccessible to anyone but the Finalist. Exposed electrical equipment or metal that is liable to be energized must be grounded or shielded with a nonconducting material or with a grounded metal box or cage to prevent accidental contact.
5) Wiring not part of a commercially available UL-listed appliance or piece of equipment must have a fuse or circuit breaker on the supply side of the power source and prior to any project equipment.
6) There must be an accessible, clearly visible on/off switch or other means of disconnect from the 120 or 220 volt power source.
7) Any lighting that generates considerable and excessive amounts of heat (high-intensity lamps, certain halogen lights, etc.) must be turned off when the Finalist is not present.
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