Yuma County Science & Engineering Expo


General Information


Important Dates

Project Registration Deadline
January 14, 2022

Submission Deadline for Project and Narrative/Research Paper           January 28, 2022                                               

Top 4 Finalists in Each Category Announced
February 7, 2022 

Round 2 of Judging Via Zoom
February 11, 2022 

Awards Ceremony                                    


  • General Components
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  • Category Descriptions
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Judging Schedule

Round 1 Judges Orientation          Emails will be sent out      

Round 2 Judges Orientation      February 11, 2020 7:00am                          

Round 2 High School Judging    February 11, 2020 8:00am               Personal zoom invites will be emailed to teachers.

Round 2 Middle School Judging                February 11, 2020 10:00am               Personal zoom invites will be emailed to teachers.

Round 2 Elementary School Judging      February 11, 2020 12:00pm               Personal zoom invites will be emailed to teachers.

Finalists will be announced via Facebook Live (Time TBD) and an email will go out to teachers.

Resources For Teachers

  • Making Data Into Charts
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  • Overview of Scientific Method for YCSEE - Teacher Training version 2
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  • Purdue APA Style
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  • Suggested Time Line for Completing a Science Project
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  • The Scientific Method
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  • Judging Rubric
    • Science Project Rubric
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    • Engineering Judging Rubric
      Download PDF 66 KB
  • Board Suggested Layout
    • Science Project Layout
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    • Engineering Project Layout
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    • Engineering Rubric Video 
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2021 Information

Rules & Regulations

Demonstrations and collections will not to be placed in the judging competition area.

All students in grades 4-12 are eligible to participate. Only 3 entries per category per grade band will be accepted.

Individual: Each student works on his or her own idea, and does his or her own research and digital presentation. Presentations are limited to one slide in length.

Partners: You can have two students work together to research, create a project and present. (No more than two students can be on one project.)

Division Categories

  • 100 - Chemistry, Biochemistry
  • 200 - Earth and Environmental Science
  • 300 - Zoology
  • 400 - Botany
  • 500 - Engineering and Technology
  • 600 - Health, Medicine, Microbiology
  • 700 - Physics
  • 800 - Social Science

The Science Expo committee will assign a specific entry identification number which will be sent to the school prior to set-up. Student projects must be labeled with this ID number when submitted to the expo. If ID numbers are not received by the entrants or sponsors, please contact Nicole Rangel (YCSEExpo@gmail.com)

Elementary School, High School and Middle School projects, narratives and research papers must be submitted digitally within the submission deadline. It is the school's or student's responsibility to get the projects submitted on time.


Ethics Statement

Students are expected to do their own scientific experiments, research and presentation. No outside entities, such as labs or corporations can be used to conduct experiments. Scientific fraud and misconduct are not condoned at any level of research or competition. This includes plagiarism, forgery, use or presentation of other researcher's work as one's own and fabrication of data. Fraudulent projects will fail to qualify for competition. Yuma County Science and Engineering Expo reserves the right to revoke recognition of a project subsequently found to have been fraudulent.

Items Not Allowed On Project

  • Living organisms, including plants, molds, bacteria
  • Taxidermy specimens or parts
  • Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  • Human or animal food
  • Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood or urine). Teeth that have been decontaminated may be exhibited if kept in sealed containers.
  • Plant materials (living, dead or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state. (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)
  • Chemicals, including water
  • Poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (for example, firearms, weapons, ammunition or reloading devices)
  • Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  • Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes or knives)
  • Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project. (Exception: glass that is an integral part of a commercial product such as a computer screen)
  • Flames or highly flammable materials
  • Batteries with open-top cells
  • Awards, medals, business cards, flags, endorsements and/or acknowledgments (graphic or written) unless the item(s) are an integral part of the project. D&S decision
  • Photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies or other lab procedures
  • The Yuma County EXPO committee will not accept any projects that are consider unsafe, inappropriate, inhumane or cruel to animals.

Projects Must Include

  1. Use of the Scientific Method
    • a title
    • problem
    • hypothesis
    • procedure--a minimum of 5 trials is required
    • materials list
    • results
    • conclusion
  2. A narrative that contains:
    • a brief overview of the project
    • a short review of research
    • any other information that would provide evidence for assessing the project
    • a bibliography with at least one source for 4th and 5th graders and a minimum of 3 sources for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and 5 sources for 9 - 12th grades.
    • a length of 2-3 pages
    • double-spaced and minimum 12-point font if typed
  3. Title page is optional.
  4. Research paper mandatory for grades 9 through 12
    • This paper may be any length and should contain research information that supports the experiment
    • Should contain a complete bibliography of sources and be placed with extraneous materials

    If pictures are used, they may not show the face.

    Top three projects in each category will be announced at the end of the day on February 11, 2022 and will be broadcast via Facebook live as well as emailed to teachers.  All projects winning an award will be announced at the awards ceremony.

    Only digital presentations accepted and narratives/research papers must be created via google docs.

Digital Presentation INFORMATION

Only digital presentations will be accepted. Presentations must be uploaded during the submission window. Only one slide per project is accepted. Narratives and Research Papers must be completed using google docs and must be uploaded during the submission window. Information on how to submit projects will be emailed directly to the registered teachers. 

  • All submissions, (Elementary, Middle and High School) will be digital submissions this year.
  • Students will create a board (can be digital or physical). They will then take a picture of their board, and record their voice discussing their project.
  • There will be specific questions that all students must answer in their audio recording. This will be sent out to schools at a later date.
  • Students will then lay their audio over the picture of their board and save the file as their project number.mp4 (for example: EL105.mp4)
  • Faces and names should not appear in the video.
  • There is a maximum length of 5 minutes for each video. It can be shorter, but must not exceed the 5 minute limit.


Judging Criteria

Research Digital presentation: 50 Points

  • Questions sufficiently narrow and is answerable
  • The hypothesis addresses question and is research based
  • Variables and controls identified and effects on the results are clear
  • Data is adequate for the conclusion and appropriate for problem
  • Conclusion is logical and based on collected data
  • Display is artistic, creative and appealing to the eye
  • Includes new and interesting information/perspective
  • Logical flow of information
  • Research display depth of knowledge relevant to project

Research Narrative/Experimental Report: 25 Points

  • Experimental report displays depth of knowledge relevant to project
  • Curiosity is evident
  • Experimental report contains abstract, introduction, method, results, references/source and in APA format
  • 4th - 5th grade - cite at least 1 source, 6th - 8th grade - cite at least 3 sources, 9th - 12th grade - cite at least 5 sources

Interview/Oral Questions: 25 Points

  • The interview is clear and well presented
  • Evidence student did own work
  • Questions answered appropriately and completely
  • Professionalism is evident

Possible Interview Questions:

  • Why/How are your findings important?
  • In what college and/or career pathway would this information be beneficial?
  • What was the most challenging piece of your experiment?
  • What did you learn from your background research?
  • Did anyone help you with the project?
  • Did you take all data (run the experiment) under the same conditions, e.g., at the same temperature (time of day) (lighting conditions)?
  • Were there any books/resources that helped you do your data analysis?
  • Did you try anything that did not work or did not give you expected results? If so, what did you learn from this?
  • Which project variable was the most difficult to track and explain why.
  • How do the results from your project provide benefit to society?
  • Why did you select this topic for your project?
  • Please introduce yourself and tell us about your research project.
  • How did you come up with the idea of your research?
  • Explain how you ran the tests? How many times did you repeat your tests?
  • If you were going to do it all over again, would you change your test/project? How and why?
  • Were you surprised by your results/conclusion of your project? Why/why not?


Judges Information


All judging will take place via zoom this year. More information regarding links and times will come soon. It will also be emailed individually to all judges.