Items Prohibited from the Display
Certain items may be used in the experiment, but are prohibited from the display. Anything that could be hazardous to the public is prohibited from display. The intent of this rule is to protect the public and other students and not hinder the students' ability to present their project to the judges.
- All living organisms (e.g. plants animals, microbes), pathogenic microbial and fungi cultures. live or dead, including unknown species.
- Dried plant materials, soil samples, and insect collections
- Taxidermy specimens or parts and preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals (including embryos) except for human or animals teeth, hair, nails, and animal bones, histological dry mount sections and wet mount tissue slides
- Chemicals, including water, controlled or hazardous substance or devices
- Food, either human or animal
- Syringes, pipettes, and similar dangerous or sharp devices
- Any flames, open or concealed
- Highly flammable display materials
- Tanks which have contained combustible gases, including butane and propane, unless they have been purged with carbon dioxide
- Operation of a Class III or IV laser or other devices requiring over 120 volts AC or DC
- Display of previous fair awards, including medals
Students are encouraged to use photographs, drawings, diagrams, paper, and clay to illustrate the research and experiment when the actual experimental materials cannot be displayed.