CT Science Fair                New Haven Science Fair                  2007-2008


Unacceptable for Display (Please use photographs)


1.  Living organisms (e.g., plants, animals, microbes)


2.  Dried plant materials, unless sealed in acrylic or other similar material


3.  Taxidermy specimens or parts


4.  Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals


5.  Human or animal food


6.  Human/animal parts or body fluids (e.g., blood, urine) (Exceptions: teeth, hair, nails, dried animal bones,
histological dry mount sections, and wet mount tissue slides)


7.  Soil or waste samples


8.  Laboratory/ household chemicals, including water


9.  Poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (i.e., firearms, weapons, ammunition,
reloading devices)


10. Dry ice or other sublimating solids (i.e., solids which vaporize to a gas without passing through a liquid phase)


11. Sharp items (i.e., syringes, needles, pipettes)


12. Flames or highly flammable display materials including matches and lighters.


13. Pressurized gases or tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, UNLESS certified as having been purged with carbon dioxide


14. Batteries with open top cells


15. Awards, medals, business cards, flags, etc.


16. Personal photographs without identification, accomplishments, acknowledgments, addresses, and phone and fax numbers are permitted on the project backboard or abstract handouts and may be included in research/ data book.


17. Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, other lab techniques, improper handling methods, improper housing conditions, etc.


Acceptable for Display Only (cannot be operated)

1.  Projects with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, and moving parts with tension or pinch points.


2.  Class III and IV lasers


3.  Any device requiring voltage over 110 volts


CT Science Fair                New Haven Science Fair                  2007-2008




Acceptable for Display (with restrictions)


1.         Class II lasers: a) Must be student-operated     b) Posted sign must read "Laser Radiation: Do Not Stare Into
Beam"       c) Must have protective housing that prevents access to beam d) Must be disconnected when not


2.         Large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices must be properly shielded.


3.         Pressurized tanks that contained noncombustibles may be allowed if properly secured.


4.         Any apparatus producing temperatures that will cause physical burns must be adequately insulated.


5.         High-voltage (over 12 volts) equipment must be shielded with a grounded metal box or cage to prevent
accidental contact.


6.         High-voltage (over 12 volts) wiring, switches, and metal parts must have adequate insulation and over- load
safety factors and must be inaccessible to others.


7.         To reach electrical outlets, those requiring 125-volt AC electrical circuits must provide an extension cord, which
is at least nine-feet in length. All cords must have sufficient load-carrying capacity and be approved by Underwriters


8.         Electrical connections in 125--volt circuits must be soldered or made with UL approved connectors Connecting
wires must be insulated. (Maximums are 500 watts @ 130 VAC/60 Hertz)


9.         Bare wire and exposed knife switches may be used only in circuits of 12 volts or less; otherwise, standard
enclosed switches are required.


10. Hand-outs to judges must be limited to one copy of the official abstract, lab notebook, evaluation, and research paper.


11. Personal photographs, excluding names, are permitted.



Maximum Size of Project Display, Display must be marked with project label



18 in (45.7 cm) deep



48 in (122 cm) wide



108 in (274 cm) high maximum, including table (32 in high) (81 cm)


All project displays must be self-standing.