Scientific Review Committee (SRC) approval is required BEFORE experimentation can begin for ANY and ALL projects including human subjects, vertebrates, or potentially hazardous biological agents.  

  • For grades 5-8: "AzSEF SRC Approval Form"
  • High school students:  "ISEF Rules Wizard" 
    • Any students with intentions of competing at ISEF must have all forms approved PRIOR to beginning their experimentation.  

Completed SRC forms must be sent to If you previously submitted approval paperwork but have not heard back, please try contacting AzSEF at their new address (

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Project Categories

We use the same category system as the AZ Science & Engineering Fair (AzSEF).  Please see the links below for category descriptions.

Maximum Number of Projects Per School that May Attend the District Science & Engineering Fair:

Elementary: 6 projects 

Junior High: 12 projects 

Senior High: 20 projects

Judging Criteria

Students who qualify to attend the District Science and Engineering Fair will have the opportunity to discuss their projects with judges from the community.  The interview is meant to be an inspiring interaction while helping to gauge the student's understanding of their topic.  Below are example judging criteria sheets.

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Project Displays