Rules Governing the ACTC/FIVCO SEF | ACTC

Rules Governing the ACTC/FIVCO SEF


  • A contestant may enter ONE project, either as an individual or team.
  • Teams may consist of no more than TWO individuals within the grade category.

Project Guidelines

  • Please go to STEMWizard and register as a student or teacher participant.
  • Within STEMWizard, complete the following milestones as you work towards submitting your final project:
    • Project Information
      • Project Name
      • Category
      • Teacher
    • Research Plan
    • Files and Forms
      • Utilize the ISEF’s “Rules Wizard”, which can be found within STEMWizard, to determine which forms are required to be submitted with the project. 
      • Students and teachers are responsible in making sure that ALL these forms are completed and submitted.
    • Abstract
      • A brief description of your project including:
        • Purpose of experiment
        • Procedure
        • Data
        • Conclusions
      • Abstracts should be less than 250 words.
    • Project Presentation
      • Due to the virtual format of the Fair this year, students must submit a presentation created in either Google Slides or PowerPoint.
      • The presentation must include the same information as a traditional project poster. 
      • The presentation should be detailed enough for the judges to follow since they will be judged virtually without the participant(s) present.
      • The template for the presentation can be found here.
    • Project Video (Optional)
      • Students/Teams wishing to show a physical demonstration of their project, or to summarize their projects in addition to the project presentation can record a short video.
      • Limit videos to no more than 5 minutes.
      • Upload the videos into YouTube (make sure they are set to private) and submit the URL for the video within STEMWizard.
    • Additional Information (Optional)
      • Please utilize this space to upload scanned copies of record books or any relevant information to the project that is not part of the project presentation.
      • There is no guarantee the judges will look at these items.
  • All project information must be submitted within STEMWizard by Friday, January 28, 2022, at 2:00 PM. This due date will be strictly enforced.


  • Double check that all required information is submitted within STEMWizard by the due date. 
  • ANY project missing its required information will not be judged.
  • Judging will be conducted virtually on February 4, 2022.
  • First, second, and third, etc., awards will not necessarily be given in each category. Awards will be given according to minimum standards determined by judges. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Students and teachers will be notified of the results by 2:00 PM on Monday, February 7, 2022