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TCRSF Virtual Project Requirements
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Virtual Project Requirements.

A Valid Student and Teacher Email Address

  1. All communication from TCRSF during the registration and approval process will be via email. Students should be very careful to enter a valid email address during registration.
  2. Most replies will be via the student / teacher paperwork management portion of the web site. Examples of this will be added to the help files.
  3. Do not reply to the TCRSF email. It is generated with a "no-reply" return address. Use the "contact us" link on the top of this page to contact TCRSF.
  4. Some schools do not allow students to receive emails from outside the district. Only the teacher will be contacted in those cases where the school email is used.

SRC Paperwork

The SRC requirements and rules have not changed in the virtual fair format.

  1. The actual usage of the student / teacher paperwork management portion of the web site is covered with examples in the student and teacher portions of the help files.
  2. The student / teacher paperwork management portion of the web site allows the students to download blank forms and upload of completed forms.
  3. Teachers may manage all the forms for all their students.
  4. For a team project, all the form 1Bs should be combined into a single multi-page PDF for uploading.
  5. For a team project, all the student liability release forms should be combined into a single multi-page PDF for uploading.
  6. Contact TCRSF if you need assistance merging the pages into one PDF file.
  7. The system automatically keeps track of what ISEF forms are required by the student based upon their project registration.
  8. If the ISEF SRC forms have already been filled out, a clean PDF of those filled out forms can be uploaded directly to the web site. There is one PDF file for each form, and one PDF for each supporting document.
  9. All forms should be uploaded to the web site. Do not mail forms to TCRSF without first contacting TCRSF to discuss the situation.
  10. All forms must be in a PDF document format.
  11. The site contains an abstract form to download, fill out, and upload.
  12. The site contains a template for a research plan to download. This template can be filled out in MS Word and then saved as a PDF to upload.
  13. Blank research plan templates can be found at our registration site at https://tcrsf.zfairs.com and click on the 'Fair' menu item then select the 'ISEF Forms' sub menu item.
  14. If the project already has a research plan, that existing research plan can be uploaded as a PDF rather than the research plan template.
  15. The site contains a student permission and liability release form. This must be downloaded and signed by the student and parent. If this is a team project, there must be a form for each team member. Combine the completed permission and liability forms into a single PDF and upload using the student / teacher paperwork management portion of the web site
  16. Forms may be downloaded directly from Society for Science at https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/forms/
  17. The rules may be downloaded directly from Society for Science at https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/international-rules/
  18. Required - upload a profile picture in the student registration section.

Other Optional Paperwork

  1. All optional paperwork is also managed in the student / teacher paperwork management portion of the web site.
  2. Optional Research Paper - Just as the research paper can be on the display table, it can be uploaded for the judges to see.
  3. Optional Lab Notebook Excerpt - Since the lab notebook is not available to the judges, this is a PDF of up to 4 pages of a lab notebook to provide evidence of notebook use.
  4. Optional Quad Chart Project Summary - ISEF requires a Quad Chart Project Summary. This is entirely optional for TCRSF and state science fair. An example will be available for downloading.

Optional Pictures

  1. There is an opportunity to upload the optional pictures during the registration process. This upload can be left blank and the pictures can be uploaded at a later time.

Primary Project Video (10 minutes)

  1. There is one primary project video that the judges will view during the first round of judging. This round does not include the student interviews.
  2. The URL is entered in registration on the entry tab under the title "Entry Video Url"
  3. While the ability to enter the URL is provided at first project registration, it can be left blank and added at a later time.
  4. Length of video cannot exceed 10 minutes. You will not be penalized if your video is shorter than 10 minutes. Your score will be negatively affected by exceeding 10 minutes.
  5. Please view your presentation before submitting to check both picture and sound quality.
  6. The video must be uploaded to a sharing site such as YouTube and a link to the video is submitted in registration.
  7. Each project will be able to submit 6 images along with their presentation video. All photographs, images, diagrams, Internet images, & graphs must be credited (you can include credit directly on the image or you can mention it during your presentation video. Example: “All photographs & graphs are by student.” “Internet image is found at www.samplewebsite.com”). If you are using images of people you must receive subject permission before submitting.
  8. If this is a team project all team members must be represented in your presentation video and must present for a portion of the project presentation video. Team project presentation videos must not exceed the 10 minute maximum allotted to all project presentations.
  9. There are 2 possible contents for this video.
    • Narrated Slideshow Project Presentation Video.
      • This video format does not require having a physical project board.
      • This video will consist of a narrated slideshow where the project presentation elements will be on slides accompanied by the project author(s) voice narration to describe/discuss the information on each slide.
      • For this type of presentation we recommend using Microsoft PowerPoint, but you can use whatever slideshow/screencast/video editing tool (SmartSHOW 3D, Narakeet, Visme, etc) you are most comfortable with.
      • Although this is a slideshow presentation, you must submit a URL to a video file (do not submit .pptx file).
    • Physical Display Project Presentation Video.
      • This video will consist of the project author(s) standing in front of a physical display such as a folding display board or printed poster.
  10. Remember: You must make all video presentations "public", not private!

Optional but important Project Video (2 minutes)

  1. Although the short video is optional for the students, we STRONGLY recommend that all students who want to be considered for a special award (including ISEF) have this short summary video. Special awards judges do not have enough time to listen to ALL project full presentations.
  2. This is basically a video explaining what did you do and why is it important. This is your chance to show your enthusiasm and to explain why we should care about your project. (Elevator Speech)
  3. The video ranges from 10 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes.
  4. The URL is entered in registration on the entry tab under the title "Project Summary Video Link (URL)"

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