REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
- Apply/demonstrate scientific principles or
attempt to provide new knowledge;
- Be a result of continuing or parallel
scientific research and investigation & not a copy of any previous
- Have socio-economic significance and
relevance to livelihood development; and
- Contribute to the advancement of S&T and
the development of the community.
II. Physical Set-up/Visual Display
The physical set-up must be attractive and
informative. Interested spectators and judges should easily asses the study and
the results obtained. Use clear and concise displays. Make headings stand-out,
draw graphs and diagrams clearly and label them correctly. A one-page project
abstract must be posted in one corner of the booth. Be sure to adhere to the
size limitations and safety rules when preparing the display.
The maximum size of project display must be:
76 cm (30 inches) deep
122 cm (48 inches) wide
183 cm (40 inches) high excluding table
A Sample Diagram of a Science Fair Display
organizers shall provide the participants with one (1) table
& two (2) chairs to participants during the division &
regional science fair. At the national level, each finalist
shall be provided with a display booth with size not exceeding
1.5 m by 1.5 m including backboard, 1 table & 2 chairs.
NOT ALLOWED AT PROJECT OR IN BOOTH:
- Living organisms, including plants
- Human or animal food
- Human/animal parts or body fluids (for
example, blood, urine)
- Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
- Plant materials (living, dead or preserved)
which are in their raw, unprocessed or non-manufactured state
- Laboratory/household chemicals
- Poisons, drugs, hazardous substances or
- Dry ice or other sublimating solids
- Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles,
- Flames or highly flammable materials
- Batteries with open-top cells
- Photographs depicting vertebrate animals in
surgical techniques, dissections, improper handling methods and improper
- Computer units & peripherals
model for technology projects maybe displayed but within
allotted space for each project only.
Should consist of short, concise descriptions
of the problem & its solution. It must be typewritten in the IPSF Official
Abstract Form, one page only, single-spaced with a maximum of 250 words, in
Times Roman style, font
The abstract must state the following:
- Procedure Used
IV. Research Paper
The research paper for an IPSF entry should
contain the following:
- Methods & Procedures (described in
- Conclusions and Recommendations
- Bibliography (at least 3 major references)
Statement. Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned
at any level of research or competition. Plagiarism, use or
presentation of other researcher's work as one's own forgery of
approval signature and fabrication or falsification of data will
not be tolerated. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for
III. Format of Research Paper
The project write-up must be typewritten
double-spaced in short bond paper (8x11) and follows the following format:
- Title Page title of the project
must be brief, simple and catchy.
- Abstract - should consist of short,
concise descriptions of the problem & its solution. It must be one page
only, single-spaced with a maximum of 250 words, typewritten in Times Roman
style; font 11. It must also state the following:
- Procedure used
- Acknowledgement contains the
names of people & agencies that helped in the conduct of the work
- Table of Contents lists the
different parts of the whole report with the corresponding page number of
each part. The wording & grammar of the chapter titles, heading &
title of tables & figures should be consistent.
- Introduction informs the reader
of the problem under study. It shows the nature of scope and the problem,
its historical & theoretical background & a review of literature
relevant to the problem.
- Background of the Study- states
the rationale of the study. It explains briefly why the investigator
chose this study to work on.
- Statement of Problem/Objectives
the nature & scope of the problem should be presented with
clarity. Two types of objectives maybe stated:
- General Objective this is
related to the problem as given in the early part of the section.
- Specific Objective this
states the purpose of each experiment conducted.
- Significance of the Study- the
importance of the study is explained in this part.
- Scope and Limitations states
the coverage & extent of the study.
- Review of Related Literature
sufficient background information should be presented for readers to
understand & evaluate the results of the present study. Only the
most important studies and theories written on the topic should be
- Methodology provides enough
details so that a competent worker can repeat the experiments.
- Materials/Equipment the exact
technical specifications, quantities and source of method of preparation
for all materials used should be given. Specifically built equipment
used in the study must be described and the description accompanied
by a picture.
- Treatment/General Procedure
the manner & sequence by which each experiment or set of
observations were done & how measurements were obtained should be
described in detail. Avoid using the recipe style when stating the
step-by-step procedure. Use the narrative form in the past tense.
- Results and Discussion this maybe
divided into sub-sections describing each set of
experiment or observations.
- Findings the data maybe
presented in full & discussed descriptively in the text or these
maybe summarized in tables, pictures & graphs. The statistical test
used to determine the possible significance of the finding should be
described. Tables, pictures & graphs should make the presentation of
the data more meaningful.
- Analysis of Data the
interpretation of the findings are discussed & the significant
features shown in the table, figures or graphs are pointed out.
Statement. Scientific fraud and misconduct is not condoned
at any level of research or competition. Plagiarism, use or
presentation of other researcher's work as one's own and
fabrication or falsification of data will not be tolerated.
Fraudulent projects are disqualified for the competition.
- Conclusions the general truth
implied or illustrated by the results should be clearly stated. The evidence
based on the results should be summarized for each statement.
- Recommendations consists of
suggestions on future actions such as a new direction of research or further
experiments to be performed, practices that might be adapted or discarded in
order to attain certain goals or objectives.
- Bibliography a list of the
references used in guiding the research work and writing the paper.