Students are encouraged to work with individuals at the same grade level. Students may choose to work with a person at a different grade level, but not a different division. The project will be graded within the highest grade level represented.
There are three judging divisions:
- Elementary: This is for grades K through 5. Projects can be for an individual, or a group project of two or three students. More than three students would be considered a class project. Class project is an option only for grades K through 4. A teacher must register a class project.
- Secondary: This is for grades 6 through 12. Submissions can be made by individuals or as a group project for two or three students. Class project is not an option.
- Honors: Designed for students in grades 9 through 12, projects must meet the guidelines of International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Projects may be for an individual, or a group project of two or three students. Students in this division must complete the Honors Division Registration and required paperwork.
Non-Judged option: For some students, especially in younger grades, the structure of a science fair project can reduce their excitement about "doing" science or engineering. We offer the option of entering a project that won’t be judged. Instead, students will receive a short feedback form about their work (comments, questions, suggestions for further exploration). Our hope is that this will give students a positive experience that leads to a more developed project in the future. To be clear, non-judged projects will not be considered for advancement to the St. Louis Area Science Fair.