October 16, 2009



Dear Science Teacher/Principal/Parent:


The Bartlesville District Science Fair Committee invites your students to participate in the 2010 Bartlesville District Science Fair.  We are proud to celebrate our 57th anniversary of providing this competitive science and engineering opportunity to our area students.


Entry or placement at a school science fair is not required for students to apply to the District Science Fair.  There are separate Elementary and Junior/Senior Fairs with two age divisions in each Fair.  Elementary Division I is for grades 1-3; Elementary Division II is for grades 4-6; Junior Division is for grades 7-9; and Senior Division is for grades 10-12.  The Elementary Fair will be Friday, March 5, 2010, starting at 5:30 p.m., and the Junior/Senior Fair will be Saturday, March 6, 2010, starting at 7:30 a.m., at the ConocoPhillips Technology Center in Bartlesville.


In addition to the awards presented at the District Science Fair, up to 30 student projects will be selected for subsequent competition at the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair (OSSEF) in Ada, OK.  OSSEF will be held March 26-27, 2010.  Two individual students and their teachers will also be chosen to compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), in San Jose, California, from May 9-14, 2010.


We sponsor the Bartlesville District Science Fair as an opportunity to promote science, mathematics and engineering education.  We know that schools operate on a tight budget and hope that the Science Fair helps teachers enhance science curricula. 


The Bartlesville District Science Fair is an affiliated International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which means that we have to comply with the ISEF rules.  The rules have minimal changes from last year.  These rules are mandatory for Grades 7 and above at the Bartlesville District Science Fair.  We encourage all students, teachers and parents to be familiar with the rules, as they provide excellent guidance to assure student safety.  A handy tool for helping students determine the exact forms they need is located on the ISEF website at http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/students/wizard/index.asp.


The full ISEF handbook is available at the following website, and includes rules, forms, and a student handbook:  http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/document/completerules2010.pdf.  To minimize paper, and to follow ISEF’s lead, we are not ordering copies of these documents this year.  Please download from this website and make copies as needed.

Also included are application forms for entry to the Bartlesville District Science Fair.  Feel free to make as many copies as you and your students need.  Remember that these are not the only forms required:  Grade 7-12 students must prepare and submit all applicable ISEF forms.


You can find further information on the State and International Fairs by looking on their internet Web Pages (http://ossef.ecok.edu/ and http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/).  They both include good resources for information on science fair projects.


Some of the stickiest issues with the rules continue to be experiments dealing with human subjects, animals and microorganisms.  Projects involving human subjects must receive prior approval from an Institutional Review Board before starting experimentation.  Projects involving vertebrate animals and microorganisms require prior approval from our Scientific Review Committee (SRC); for these projects the student needs to prepare their research plan and submit it to the SRC which is chaired by Jennifer Galvin (918-661-3865, 12 A1 PB, ConocoPhillips, Bartlesville, OK  74004).  Remember, approvals through an IRB or the SRC are required before any experimental work is started.  NOW is the time for students to get these approvals going.  Please remember: all 7-12th grade projects require a minimum of forms 1, 1A, Research Plan Attachment, and 1B, filled out and approved, before experimentation begins.


Teams will be part of the BDSF and the OSSEF competitions.  A team consists of no more than 3 students who are not allowed to compete individually.  There will be at least one slot for a team to compete in the State competition from the District Science Fair.  We will reserve judgment on sending a team to the International Competition pending evaluation of the quality of the projects.


Applications to the Bartlesville District Science Fair are due February 19, 2010;

entries received after Feb. 26, 2010, will not be allowed to compete or be judged.

Send to:  Bartlesville District Science Fair, P.O. Box 303, Bartlesville, OK  74005.


If there are any questions regarding the Bartlesville District Science Fair, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Lee A. Carvell, Director

Bartlesville District Science Fair

c/o Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

213 Plastics Technical Center

Bartlesville, OK  74004


(918) 661-3450