Information

Important Dates & Times

Thursday August 20, 2020 at 12:01 AM
Wednesday January 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Saturday February 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM
Tuesday February 23, 2021 at 9:00 PM
Saturday February 20, 2021 at 9:00 AM

The PPRSEF is an ISEF affiliated science fair.  All projects must meet the requirements set up by The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The complete guidebook of 2021 rules and guidelines can be found at: https://www.societyforscience.org/isef/international-rules/

Display and Safety rules for the 2020 PPRSEF can be found here:  Display & Safety Regulations PPRSEF - 2020.pdf   These will be updated for the 2021 Fair.

Student registraion for the 2021 PPRSEF will be open from August 20, 2020 through January 20, 2021.

The PPRSEF is open to all 6th - 12th grade students in any educational setting (public, charter, private or home school) in Elbert, El Paso, Park or Teller County.  Projects may be entered by individuals or teams of 2 or 3 students.  

Students are required to have projects approved by the PPRSEF SRC or a school SRC before experimentation begins.  Please check with us at pprsf.colorado@gmail.com  if you have questions.

** Original, completed ISEF forms should be kept in a project folder and be available on the day of the fair. 

 

 

The Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair, Incorporated (PPRSF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to stimulat­ing and encouraging youthful interest in science and sci­entific endeavors through student participation in regional, state, and international science fairs. The Pikes Peak Re­gional Science and Engineering Fair serves students in grades 6 through 12 in all school districts (including private schools, parochial schools, and home schools) in Elbert, Teller, Park, and El Paso Counties.  There is no requirement for students to participate in a school or area fair to enter the PPRSEF.

 

2021 will mark the 64th annual Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair.  Additional facts about the PPRSF may be found ou the 2021 PPRSEF Fact Sheet. 2021 PPRSEF Fact Sheet.pdf

The 2020 Pikes Peak Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at UCCS.

Please note - students are judged several times in the morning and afternoon judging rounds.  It is expected that students be in attendance for the full day.  

UCCS and area roads for 2020 PPRSEF.pdf

The Awards Presentation was held on Tuesday, February 25th, in Armstrong Hall at Colorado College; 14 E Cache la Poudre St.

Mohrman Theater 2020 PPRSEF Awards.pdf

For students in grades 4 and 5, the Pikes Peak Elementary Science and Engineering Fair is usually held in April at Mitchell High School. The 2020 PPRSEF has been cancelled.  The fair is for students in grades 4 and 5 who place at their school science fairs in the categories of Biology, Physical, Health and Behavioral, Consumer Science or Engineering Design.  Interested participants can contact Darian Founds at darian.founds@d11.org for more information or visit the website: https://www.d11.org/Page/5377 

What to Expect the Day of the Fair

Students should dress nicely, but comfortably, as the day can be long.  Lunch is provided, but water bottles and snacks are encouraged.  Students will not be judged continuously, so reading material is allowed, but no games or videos that have sound.  

Please note - students are judged several times in the morning and afternoon judging rounds.  It is expected that students be in attendance for the full day.  

This was the schedule for 2020.  Slight adjustments may be made in future years.

8:40 - 9:40 AM -  Student Check-In - Atrium on the 2nd floor of the University Center

8:45 - 9:45 AM - Student display set-up and safety checks 

10:00 - 11:50 AM - Morning judging rounds *Only participants, judges and PPRSEF Staff are allowed in the exhibit hall during judging rounds*

11:50 - 12:50 -  Lunch will be provided for student participants.  The lunch will be pizza and pop. 

1:00 - 3:00 PM - Afternoon judging rounds  *Only participants, judges and PPRSEF Staff are allowed in the exhibit hall during judging rounds*

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Public Exhibition in Berger Hall 

4:00 PM- Participants dismissed

4:30 PM - All projects should be removed from UCCS

 

For Parents and Teachers   

UCCS regularly holds tours for visitors and prospective students.  If you would like to participate in a tour, you may view the tour options and register at www.uccs.edu/visit

Food Options in the University Center

The Sanatorium Grounds Coffee Shop, located at the south end of the Atrium, will be open from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm. 

The UCCS Bookstore, on the lower floor of the UC, will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   

Clyde’s Restaurant, also located on the lower floor of the UC, will be open from 1:00 – 9:00 pm. 

Vending machines are available in the Bookstore and on the lower floor of the UC.

 

The 2020 PPRSEF Awards Presentation was held on Tuesday, February 25th, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, at Armstrong Hall, 14 E Cache la Poudre St,  on the Colorado College campus.

A map of UCCS and the surrounding area can be found here: UCCS and area roads for 2020 PPRSEF.pdf

 

 

*ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION
The PPRSF divides students by grade or division (Junior (gr 6-8), Senior (gr 9-12)) and by category. We reserve the right to combine similar categories before competition to create competitive groupings (i.e. - life science, physical science, engineering & math, etc.). Contact the PPRSF SRC with questions. (Category descriptions from CSEF Finalist Handbook)
Animal Sciences
Studies related to all aspects of non-human animals (including insects), animals life, animals life-cycles, animal health & medicine, animal behavior, and animal interactions with one another or their environment. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Biochemistry & Chemistry
Studies related to the chemical basis of processes occurring in living organisms, including the processes by which these substances enter into, or are formed in the organisms and react with each other and the environment. Studies related to the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Earth & Space Sciences
Studies related to Earth systems and their evolution. Studies related to anything in the universe beyond Earth. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Energy & Transportation
Studies related to biological & chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transport and alternative fuels. Studies related to renewable energy structures and processes including energy production & efficiency. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Engineering
Studies related to: a) electrical systems in which information is conveyed via signals & wave forms to enhance communications, b) control and/or sensing; c) science & engineering that involves movement & structure; d) the characteristics & uses of materials with improvements to their design; e) the use of machine intelligence to reduce the reliance on human intervention. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Environmental Sciences
Studies related to the environment & its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and lifespan. Studies related to the engineering or development of processes & infrastructure to solve environmental problems. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Math & Computer Sciences
Studies related to the measurement, properties & relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. Studies related to the discipline & techniques of computer science & mathematics as they relate to biological systems. Studies related to the development of software, information processes or methodologies to demonstrate, analyze or control a process/solution. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Medicine & Health
Studies related to the issues of human health & disease. Studies related to the improvement of human health and longevity by translating novel discoveries in the biomedical sciences into effective activities & tools for clinical & public health use. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Microbiology & Molecular Biology
Studies related to micro-organisms. Studies related to the structure, function, and intracellular pathways & formation of cells. Studies involving understanding life & cellular processes at the molecular level. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Physics
Studies related to the science of matter and energy and the interactions of the two. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Plant Sciences
Studies related to plants and how they live, including structure, physiology, development and classification. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Studies related to the thought processes and behavior of humans & their interactions with the environment as studied through observational and experimental methods. *Please see the ALL CATEGORY INFORMATION.

 

       Judging Criteria

 

The form the the category judges used for the 2018 PPRSF can be found here: Judges Form 2018.pdf

The PPRSF Board regularly combines initial registration categories to create competiive groups.  

Contact the PPRSF Board at pprsef.colorado@gmail.org with questions.

 

 

 

 

 

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