The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Since 1950, Society for Science & the Public has provided an international stage for the world’s best and brightest young scientists through its International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s premier STEM competition. For
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Synopsys ACSEF will send 6 high school projects to ISEF 2020. These projects can be completed by an individual or a team of up to 3 students.
Round 1 judging determines Category Awards 1st-4th and Special Awards.
Criteria for Round 1 Category Awards follows ISEF criteria Judging Criteria for Science & Engineering Projects.pdf
Round 2 judging involves those student participants with judging scores allowing them to be considered to represent ACSEF at the state, national and international science fair competitions.
ACSEF's Round 2 Judging Format: All judges are divided into 4 LARGE teams of judges. 2 middle school teams and 2 high school teams. One middle and one high school team will be composed of judges from each of these categories: Animal/Human Biomedical Sciences, Energy, Environmental and Earth Sciences, Human and Animal Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Plant Sciences.
Likewise one middle and one high school team will be composed of judges from each of these categories: Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Mechanical Engineering and Instruments, Physics and Astronomy, Reaction and Solution Chemistry, Robotics and Intelligent Machines and 2 high school teams composed of the same categories as middle school.
Each large team is assigned to check the display, abstract, logbook and interview the student projects selected for Round 2 within their assigned categories. Each project could be interviewed by between 20 and 50 judges during Round 2.
Lastly after the interviews and new scores are tabulated. From these the top middle and high school projects from each of the 4 groups of round one projects are selected for state, national and international science fairs.
For information on middle and high school state competiton to which you may move on to after competing at your regional (ACSEF) fair - CSEF (California Science & Engineering Fair) and being selected as the top projects in your category
For information on the middle school national competiton to which all MIDDLE school 1st place winners may move on after competing at your regional (ACSEF) fair - Broadcom Masters