It's Worth 10 Points!!!! Don't Forget It!!!
The parent or teacher supervising should use his or her best judgment to ensure the safety of the student and any subjects (human or animals). Also, to ensure the safety of visitors to the Fair, students should include photographs on projects, rather than displaying breakable, valuable or potentially harmful objects--including chemicals, bacteria or any kind of food.
Students should complete the current Safety Form and attach it to the inside cover of their log book. It's worth 10 points!! Don't forget it!! Students should also provide detailed descriptions on how they followed the safety guidelines in their log book.
Animals: No animal (this includes invertebrates) should be harmed or caused pain.
Recording: All safety procedures need to be recorded in your log book.
Signed Safety Form: a signed current Safety Form must be included on the inside cover of your logbook. (Please fold the form over to conceal your identity during judging)
Gloves: Safety gloves should be used for any testing with food or chemicals.
Eye Protection: Safety glasses should be used for any experiments with chemicals or if any kind of splash may come in contact with your eyes
Allergies: Remember human subjects may be allergic to different substances. Always ask about allergies. Human subjects under 18 need Human Informed Consent form to participate.
Fire: Projects in grades K through 5 are not allowed that involve fire or burning objects.
"SELECT DIVISION" for projects in grades 6-12 that involve fire or burning objects will be allowed with additional authorization form. Authorization form will require signature of parents and teacher and need to be approved by Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair Safety Committee BEFORE experimentation begins.
Humans: No experiments should be done on humans that can cause any potential harm to the human. Exceptions include observational type studies such as thinking-type exercises, etc. Bottom line…it is ok as long as there is no possible way that any person can be harmed. Note: you need written parental permission for students to be involved in any experiments including taste testing.
Bacteria: Due to the potential for inhaling or coming in contact with harmful bacteria, students should avoid projects where they collect bacteria and then grow bacteria cultures. While this can be done safely, the potential exists for a very harmful pathogen to be inhaled or come in contact with the student.
Other: No experiments will be allowed using firearms. Experiments using prescription drugs, illegal drugs or alcohol will NOT be allowed.