Display Regulations

While EWRSEF adheres to ISEF display and safety regulations, we understand that in many cases, EWRSEF will serve as a student’s first competitive science fair. With this in mind, we ask students to follow the ISEF display and safety rules. EWRSEF will not disqualify a project unless unsafe for the participants, judges, or visitors (i.e. use of fire or explosives, large quantities of water, etc). Each project will be visited by a Display and Safety team, and they will have the participants put away items in violation at other science fairs–most notably WSSEF and ISEF.


All exhibits must be set up and approved by the EWRSEF Display Committee at the WSU Riverpoint Campus between 7:45-8:30 a.m. on March 15, 2018 (see the fair schedule for more information). Participants will receive more specific directions one week before the fair.  Be sure to bring your lab notebook (journal) and research paper (encouraged but not required), and all forms to the fair.

Please note that the above drawing is a suggestion and the specific layout shown here is NOT required.

Maximum Size of Project - includes all project materials, supports, and demonstrations for public and judges.

Depth (front to back): 30 inches or 76 centimeters
Width (side to side): 48 inches or 122 centimeters
Height (floor to top): 108 inches or 274 centimeters

Prohibited Materials

The following materials are NOT allowed at the EWRSEF (as part as a project display or otherwise):

  1. Living organisms, including plants

  2. Soil, sand, rock and/or waste samples even if permanently encased in a slab of plastic

  3. Taxidermy specimens or parts

  4. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals

  5. Human or animal food

  6. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)

  7. Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)

  8. All chemicals including water (Exceptions: water integral to an enclosed, sealed apparatus.)

  9. All hazardous substances or devices (for example, poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices,  etc.)

  10. Dry ice or other sublimating solids

  11. Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)

  12. Flames or highly flammable materials

  13. Batteries with open-top cells

  14. Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, or other lab procedures

  15. Active Internet or e-mail connections as part of displaying or operating the project at the Intel ISEF

  16. Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (Exception: glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen.

  17. Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee

Allowed at Project or in Booth with Restrictions

  1. Photos, charts, and diagrams that are not determined to be offensive or inappropriate by EWRSEF officials. This includes, but is not limited to, visually offensive photographs or visual depictions of invertebrate or vertebrate animals, including humans.

  2. Photos with a credit line of origin (“Photograph taken by…” or “Image taken from…” or “Graph/chart/table taken from…”) (If all photographs, etc. are from the same source, one credit prominently and vertically displayed is sufficient.)

  3. Photos or graphics from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, journals, etc., if credit lines are attached. (If all photographs, etc. are from the same source, one credit prominently and vertically displayed is sufficient.)

  4.  Any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points if for display only and not operated.

  5. Lasers, as long as they remain off during the entirety of the competition.

Electrical Regulations

There will be no power at the tables.