Rules and Regulations
Please read these rules carefully. Failure to follow any of them may result in your project being disqualified. By signing the consent form you are indicating that you have read, understood and followed all relevant rules.
Who Can Participate
- Participants per project
- School quotas
Presentations at the Fair
Rules for materials allowed to be presented at the fair, including the size of the display.
Special safety regulations must be followed for use of electricity, chemicals, and biological organisms (including plants).
Please follow these rules carefully if you intend to use human or animal subjects. Supervision and consent forms will be required.
Who Can Participate?
- Participants must live in the City of Toronto or attend and represent a school in the City of Toronto (with postal codes beginning with the letter 'M'). Students living outside Toronto should contact their local regional science fair organization.
- For grades 7-12, projects
- Maximum of two students per project. A project that has been the work of more than two students will be disqualified.
- The project shall be entered in the division of the oldest member of the group.
- For two student projects both participants must be present. If either participant is not present during the fair, the project will not be eligible for any awards.
- For Kindergarten-Grade 6 projects
- Projects of more than two students are acceptable (e.g. class projects are permitted).
- However, only a maximum of two students may represent the project at the fair.
- Students may not enter identical projects in multiple years.
- Schools covering Grade 9 to Grade 12 will be allowed a total of 10 projects across all grades / campuses.
- Schools covering K to Grade 12 will be allowed a total of 10 projects across all grades / campuses.
- Each K-8 school will be allowed up to 8 projects, with the restriction that no more than 5 may come from grades 7 and 8.
- Schools covering only grades 7 and 8 will be allowed up to 5 projects.
- Schools covering only K-6 will be allowed up to 6 projects.
Presentations at the Fair
No participant is allowed to wear school uniform, or to otherwise overtly identify the school which they attend. A violation of this policy could result in disqualification.
Mentors, or labs where work was carried out should be properly acknowledged but not overtly identified on the project board.
All exhibits, including all accessories, must be confined to a table or floor space not to exceed 0.8 metres, front to back; 1.2 metres side to side; and 3.5 metres maximum height from the floor.
- No chemicals, organic materials or living organisms (including plants) may be displayed the day of the fair. We encourage students to take photographs if any of these were used in the project.
- Exhibits must be sturdy with moving parts firmly attached and approved for safety. Each exhibit must be self-supporting. Electricity (AC 110 volt 60 cycle) will be supplied on request, but no gas or water outlets will be provided. Switches and cords must be of the approved variety and circuits must be protected by fuses. Cell or battery-fed circuits should be both safe in design and operation.
- All sharp edges or corners on prisms, mirrors, enclosures, and glass and metal plates must be removed or otherwise protected. The length of hoses or extension cords is to be kept to a minimum and out of the way to eliminate tripping hazards. Use tape for securing.
- Aisles and exits should not be obstructed.
- Moving exhibits (e.g., radio-controlled vehicles, robots) should be restricted to the regulation display space. The committee will endeavour to provide an area to safely demonstrate to judges projects that require more space than the regulated exhibit display space.