Instructions: To qualify to enter the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, all portions of this form must be completely filled out. Once you start you must finish or all entered data will be lost.
Your registration information is used to produce certificates and our awards program. Carefully review all information for spelling and capitalization.
The last part of the registration is your Project Abstract. We highly recommend that you type your Project Abstract off-line and "Copy and Paste" the sections into the application form. Be aware that your abstract is saved in our database and displayed to judges without formatting (tables and special characters will be lost). Please use a text editor, such as notepad, to edit your abstract before you "Copy and Paste" it into the form below.
After you submit the form, you will be taken to a confirmation (registration) page. You will also be emailed a copy of your confirmation. We suggest you print a copy of the confirmation page in the event that your email filters block the receipt of our confirmation email. An affidavit must be reviewed and signed by each group member of a project, their parent or guardian, and their sponsoring teacher. It must be mailed along with any required certification forms, and $20 fee per student (if not paid via paypal during registration) prior to the registration mailing deadline. Your registration will not be complete until we receive this form with all applicable signatures.
Certification Process: Be Aware, if you use human subjects, vertebrate animals, human or animal tissue, recombinant DNA, pathogenic agents, or controlled substances in your project, you must have the required forms completed prior to starting your project.
Fields marked with a (*) are required.
If your project was completed by you alone, this page will appear blank. If your project is a group project, it will only be necessary to submit one registration per project. For group projects, enter your partner or partners below. Do NOT re-enter your own information, only information for partners other than yourself. Please make sure each name is spelled and capitalized correctly or errors may appear on certificates and awards programs.
Second Student Participating on this project
Third Student Participating on this project
If your school is not listed above, please select "Other" from the list below.
Please carefully consider and choose the category that best reflects the subject (or question) of your project. Click here for detailed information on project categories.
If you use human subjects, vertebrate animals, human or animal tissue, recombinant DNA, pathogenic agents, or controlled substances in your project, completed and signed certifications must be submitted with your application. Click here for information on project certifications.
You should upload a copy of any certifications required by your project below (file size not to exceed 2 mb).
High school students (grades 9-12) have the opportunity to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). All high school (9-12th grade) projects are eligible and ISEF candidates will be selected during the OCSEF competition. Please note that you must complete have all appropriate forms for ISEF available during the OCSEF competition. See the Society for Science and the Public for information regarding the Intel ISEF competition.
The abstract must be one typewritten page or less using Times 12 point font. Be aware that your abstract is saved in our database and displayed to judges without formatting. Please use a text editor, such as notepad, to edit your abstract before you "Copy and Paste" it into the form below. Follow the format provided below. Please keep responses short. All parts must be completed in order to submit form.
Project Abstract Format For Science Projects
Project Abstract Format For Engineering Projects
Judging and Payment
Junior Division Students (grades 6-8): Please select a preferred and alternate judging hour. We will attempt to accommodate your preferred judging hour but may be required to assign you your alternate choice. In the event that your preferred and alternate choices are filled, you will need to select a judging hour at project set-up. If your school arranges transportation and judging for the fair, we will change your judging hour to meet your school selection. You will be notified by email of your judging hour between 1 and 2 weeks after registrations closes.
Senior Division Students (grades 9-12): You will be required to be on site at the competition from 9 AM to 4 PM for judging, so please select "Senior Division" from the drop-down menus below. The first round of judging will be from 9 AM to 12 Noon. All Senior Division Students are invited to eat lunch with other competitors and judges (lunch will be provided by the OCSEF). Semi-finalists for the OCSEF ISEF positions will be announced at approximately 1 PM, and second round of judging will be from 1 PM to 4 PM (but may end earlier).
There is no guarantee that your choices will be accepted.
Please select the appropriate payment for your project. The registration fee is $20 per partner. You may also choose to pay via Paypal (recommended) or mail a check with your registration papers. Should you have difficulty paying the registration fee, you may submit a request for your fee to be waived. Click here to retrieve the fee waiver.
Once you have completed the form, click the submit button below. Please be patient as it may take several seconds to process your submission. If you have chosen to pay via Paypal, the redirect to Paypal may take up to 30 seconds. After you submit the form, you will be emailed a copy of your confirmation. Follow the instructions in the confirmation email.