Welcome to the LPSEF

Important Dates & Times

Longs Peak Science & Engineering Fair (LPSEF)

2021 Virtual Showcase: February 20 - March 20

2021 Exhibitor Interviews: Wednesday, February 24 (Feb 25 as needed in response to technical issues if they arise)

Awards List will be posted by Monday, March 1

 

 

If wishing to view the project showcase, click the fair tab above, select showcase and enter this key 2d4d676f-8771-4e59-8c86-5a1c9bc9e728

February 26, 2021: Virtual Awards Ceremony at 7:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting
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Passcode: 412823

We are thrilled to be hosting this year's virtual fair on zFairs! This platform is your one-stop-shop for registration, paperwork, interviews, and project displays. Full schedule and event details are still evolving, however, we are doing our best to keep this site updated as decisions are made. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

Schools may notify the director (lori.ball@unco.edu) of intent to participate, potential number of students planning to attend regionals, and school fair date (if hosting a school fair) until registation ends on Jan. 22, 2021.

  • Dec. 1, 2020: Student/Teacher/Judge Registration Opens. Schools should set up/report local SRC/IRB, if needed
  • Jan. 11, 2021: Forms submission deadline for projects involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, or hazardous biological agents. These projects should have already received pre-approval by a local SRC/IRB
  • Feb 12, 2021: Student Registration Closes
  • Feb. 18, 2021: Final Paperwork Edits Due
  • Feb. 19, 2021: Deadline for students to upload project video/pictures (required) and technical paper (voluntary)
  • Feb. 20 - 23, 2021: Public & peer viewing of projects/judges pre-project reviews
  • Feb. 24, 2021: LPSEF 1st Day - Virtual interviews (Jr. & Sr. Division) Category Grand Awards
  • Feb. 25, 2021: LPSEF 2nd Day - Virtual interviews (Jr. & Sr. Division) Special Awards & Best of Fair Awards
  • Feb. 26, 2021: LPSEF Virtual Awards Ceremony at 7:00pm (Zoom)

The Longs Peak Science and Engineering Fair (LPSEF) is a regional fair for 5th thru 12th grade students in Jackson, Larimer, and Weld counties. The LPSEF is an affiliated fair, therefore, all exhibitors must adhere to the rules and guidelines set by the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

For the LPSEF competition, senior division teams may be no more than 2-persons; junior division teams no more than 3-persons. The LPSEF will qualify up to 40 projects from the junior division (grades 6-8) and/or senior division (grades 9-12) for the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) in April which will also be a virtual event this year. The 2021 LPSEF competion may also qualify two senior division projects (two-person team max) to attend the virtual ISEF competition in May.  

Special notes:

  • Team projects compete against individual projects for the same awards in each category.
  • At this time, 5thgrade exhibitors at the LPSEF are exempt from state qualification as per state competition rules.

How to and Who Can Participate in the LPSEF

To participate in this year's event as a student exhibitor, teacher, judge, or volunteer, you need to create a zFair account (to the right). You can begin creating your zFair account at any time. If your project involves human subjects, vertebrate animals, or hazardous biological materials, you will need an SRC (scientific review committee) or IRB (Internal Review Board) to pre-approve your project. 

  • Scientists, engineers, unversity faculty, staff and students, and those interested in promoting youth STEM education are invited to serve as judges or volunteers at the event. 
  • Schools and students (5th-12th graders) residing in Jackson, Larimer, and Weld counties may participate.

The following are project presentation templates that students are encouraged to use:

Science Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

Engineering Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

Math/Computer Science Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

Roles

Student’s Role

  • Create a zFair student account (to the right)
  • Select a topic for your project
  • Develop a hypothesis and prepare appropriate forms for approval
  • Educate yourself on research protocol
  • Perform the experiment(s) and record your results and observations
  • If participating independent of your school, complete online registration and submit forms
  • Construct your exhibit
  • Explain experiment/project to judges; be prepared to answer questions

You will need an adult sponsor, such as your science teacher or your parent

Teacher’s Role

  • Complete ZFair account (to the right)
  • Motivate students
  • Serve as an advisor for project development
  • Promote student ideas and recognize their intelligence
  • Register all student exhibitors in your school
  • Set up local SRC/IRB to pre-approve projects of a critical nature
  • Make sure all forms are completed and signed in a timely manner

Judge's Role

  • Register a zFair account
  • Review LPSEF judging guidelines
  • Review and evaluate your assigned projects prior to the student interviews
  • Participate on a judging panel to interview and score those students whose projects you reviewed

Parent’s Role

  • Provide expertise on the topic as a resource person
  • Furnish supplies and help locate needed equipment
  • Provide transportation to the library, to resource persons, etc.
  • Provide a garage, a room, or an area in home for student to use

 

Thank you in advance for helping make the LPSEF a successful regional fair!

 

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Welcome Future Scientists & Engineers!

Do you ask yourself how and why? Do you drive adults crazy asking questions they can't seem to remember? Do you like to build things from scratch or take things apart to see how they work?

By participating in a science fair, you will learn the scientific and engineering processes used to answer the questions you have and solve the problems that you are interested in. You can choose a topic you are passionate about, develop a question and research plan, and work independently or with a mentor to discover answers to the questions you most wish to know.

It has been my life's work to get youth excited about STEM pursuits and science fair is just one of the ways in which I do just that. I encourage you to join the elite group of students who choose to participate in science fair competitions. As a student researcher, you will learn to think more critically, grow in self-confidence, learn to keep good notes, become a stronger verbal communicator, and gain valuable insight into technical writing.  The life skills and tools you will walk away with will help you view learning and the world in a completely different way.

Join our science fair family to learn about things important to you all the while having a blast, making new friends, and surrounding yourself with industry professionals, advisors, and mentors who have your best interest at heart and are eager to share their vast wealth of knowledge with you.

Registration opens on December 1, 2020
Cost: $20/student (call 970.396.9650 with payment info or mail to LPSEF, c/o Lori K. Ball, Director, 1200 Phipps Ln, Berthoud, CO 80513)
Apply: Early

This year, you do not need to have your project finalized or paperwork completed before registering. In fact, we recommend that you don't! Our virtual science fair platform, zFairs, has a built-in Forms Wizard that will help you identify what paperwork is needed for your project and guide you through completing these forms online - signatures and all! Register early to start taking advantage of these helpful features! 

Student’s Role

  • Select a topic for your project
  • Develop a hypothesis and prepare appropriate forms for approval
  • Educate yourself on research protocol
  • Perform the experiment(s) and record your results and observations
  • If participating independent of your school, complete online registration and submit forms
  • Construct your exhibit
  • Explain experiment/project to judges; be prepared to answer questions

You will need an adult sponsor, such as your science teacher or your parent.

2021 LPSEF Student Exhibitor Forms (required)

Paperwork Instructions
Within the student portal, you will have access to both a 'Project Dashboard' tab and a 'Paperwork' Tab:

Project Dashboard - Use this feature to complete your paperwork online. It starts with a Forms Wizard that will help identify the specific paperwork needed for your project then guides you through completing these forms online. Using this feature you will be able to collect Electronic Signatures from your Adult Sponsor, Designated Supervisor, and Qualified Scientist (if applicable) within the platform. Note that local SRC/IRB pre-approval signatures cannot be collected within the platform at this time. Please reach out to lori.ball@unco.edu with questions.

Paperwork - Use this feature to upload your completed forms. Either those that you have completed and downloaded from the Project Dashboard or ones that you have filled out on your own. 

Forms Required (ALL Projects):
Form 1 - Checklist for Adult Sponsor
Form 1A - Student Checklist with Research Plan
Form 1B - Approval Form
Form 3 - Risk Assessment Form

Student Participant Waiver Form- https://form.jotform.com/203236562309149

 

The following are project presentation templates that students are encouraged to use:

Science Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

Engineering Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

Math/Computer Science Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

The following are the project video and project presentation instructions:

Project Presentation Instructions

Project Video Instructions

Important Dates & Deadlines

Schools may notify the director (lori.ball@unco.edu) of intent to participate, potential number of students planning to attend regionals, and school fair date (if hosting a school fair) until registation ends on Jan. 22, 2021.

  • Dec. 1, 2020: Student/Teacher/Judge Registration Opens. Schools should set up/report local SRC/IRB, if needed
  • Jan. 11, 2021: Forms submission deadline for projects involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, or hazardous biological agents. These projects should have already received pre-approval by a local SRC/IRB
  • Feb. 12, 2021: Student Registration Closes
  • Feb. 14, 2021: Final Paperwork Edits Due
  • Feb. 19, 2021: Deadline for students to upload project video/pictures (required) and technical paper (voluntary)
  • Feb. 20 - 23, 2021: Public & peer viewing of projects/judges pre-project reviews
  • Feb. 24, 2021: LPSEF 1st Day - Virtual interviews (Jr. & Sr. Division) Category Grand Awards
  • Feb. 25, 2021: LPSEF 2nd Day - Virtual interviews (Jr. & Sr. Division) Special Awards & BOF Awards
  • Awards will be posted by Monday, March 1

      

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Welcome Educators, Advisors, and Mentors!

Thank you for taking the time to support your students' pursuit of inqiry and design. If you have students planning to participate in the 2021 Virtual LPSEF, you should have already registered for a zFair teacher account on the home page.

Registration will open on December 1, 2020
Cost: $20/student (call 970.396.9650 with payment info or mail to LPSEF, c/o Lori K. Ball, Director, 1200 Phipps Ln, Berthoud, CO 80513)
Apply: Early

This year, students do not need to have their projects finalized or paperwork completed before registering. In fact, we recommend that they don't! Our virtual science fair platform, zFairs, has a built-in Forms Wizard that will help identify what paperwork is needed for each project and guides students through completing these forms online - signatures and all! Register early to start taking advantage of these helpful features!

Teacher’s Role

  • Complete registrations for all participants in your school
  • Motivate students
  • Serve as an advisor for project development
  • Promote student ideas and recognize their intelligence
  • Educate students about research protocols
  • Arrange for special equipment, if needed
  • Make sure all necessary forms are completed and signed in a timely manner.

2021 LPSEF Student Exhibitor Forms (required)

Paperwork Instructions
Within the student portal, you will have access to both a 'Project Dashboard' tab and a 'Paperwork' Tab:

Project Dashboard - Use this feature to complete your paperwork online. It starts with a Forms Wizard that will help identify the specific paperwork needed for your project then guides you through completing these forms online. Using this feature you will be able to collect Electronic Signatures from your Adult Sponsor, Designated Supervisor, and Qualified Scientist (if applicable) within the platform. Note that local SRC/IRB pre-approval signatures cannot be collected within the platform at this time. Please reach out to lori.ball@unco.edu with questions.

Paperwork - Use this feature to upload completed forms. Either those that you have completed and downloaded from the Project Dashboard or ones that you have filled out on your own (link to forms provided bellow). 

Forms Required (ALL Projects):

Form 1 - Checklist for Adult Sponsor
Form 1A - Student Checklist with Research Plan
Form 1B - Approval Form
Form 3 - Risk Assessment Form

The following are project presentation templates that students are encouraged to use:

Science Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

Engineering Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

Math/Computer Science Project Presentations: Powerpoint Template or Google Slides Template

Important Dates & Deadlines

Schools may notify the director (lori.ball@unco.edu) of intent to participate, potential number of students planning to attend regionals, and school fair date (if hosting a school fair) until registation ends on Jan. 22, 2021.

  • Dec. 1, 2020: Student/Teacher/Judge Registration Opens. Schools should set up/report local SRC/IRB, if needed
  • Jan. 11, 2021: Forms submission deadline for projects involving vertebrate animals, human subjects, or hazardous biological agents. These projects should have already received pre-approval by a local SRC/IRB
  • Feb. 12, 2021: Student Registration Closes
  • Feb. 14, 2021: Final Paperwork Edits Due
  • Feb. 19, 2021: Deadline for students to upload project video/pictures (required) and technical paper (voluntary)
  • Feb. 20 - 23, 2021: Public & peer viewing of projects/judges pre-project reviews
  • Feb. 24, 2021: LPSEF 1st Day - Virtual interviews (Jr. & Sr. Division) Category Grand Awards
  • Feb. 25, 2021: LPSEF 2nd Day - Virtual interviews (Jr. & Sr. Division) Special Awards & BOF Awards
  • Awards will be posted by Monday, March 1

 

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WELCOME...Scientists, Engineers, Academic Professionals, and STEM enthusiasts!

Thank you for your interest in judging at the 2021 Longs Peak Science & Engineering Fair (LPSEF). The LPSEF has a long proud tradition of excellence having competed at the state and International Fairs for 43 years. This is only possible by providing our students with the fairest and highest caliber judging available at the regional level. This is why we NEED YOU!

Judges are one of the most important pieces of the LPSEF and we thank you for being a part of our community! All STEM enthusiasts who are high school graduates or above are encouraged to volunteer.

Interviews with student exhibitors will take place on Wednesday, February 24th (Category, BOF, & Special Awards Judging) as well as Thursday, February 25th (morning only, if needed).

By signing up to be a judge, you are committing to:

  • Educating yourself on how to be a responsible judge.
  • Reading all communications and guidelines (as available).
  • Reviewing and pre-assessing your assigned projects prior to conducting interviews.
  • Participating on a judging panel to interview, evaluate, and score those students whose projects you reviewed.

Whether you are a returning judge or first-timer, we promise a fun and enlightening experience.

Important Information:

  • When you register to judge, you will be able to choose your preferred judging categories. We make every effort to place judges in their first choice category but depending on the number of projects and judges in each category, we may have to move judges to their second or third choice.
  • Please click this link https://form.jotform.com/203227256512044 to complete the judge/volunteer waiver form.
  • All interviews are virtual so scoring is done online. 
  • We use a caucusing process to determine final rankings. While the raw scores you will enter online are important, meeting with the other judges in your category to discuss and rank projects is equally important. Therefore, we ask that all judges enter the pre-assigned room for deliberations.
  • If you have never judged before, please closely review all communications about judging responsibilities.

We look forward to working with you and celebrating our regional students' learning and research.

 

 

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