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Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair Day Details

The 82nd Annual Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF) will take place virtually in 2021. Judging will take place via video conferencing on Wednesday, March 24 and the Awards Ceremony will be livestreamed on Thursday, March 25. No students or judges will be on-site at Carnegie Science Center for PRSEF.

The fair will be hosted at pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window. Log in credentials will be emailed to all judges, volunteers and the parents and teachers of all students in late February.


Students, Teachers and Parents

Please complete the following steps to prepare for and participate in fair day.

Check your Project ID:

Check below to make sure that your project is in the correct category. Senior Division Students – you will need your Project ID to complete the scholarship interest survey.

Project ID by Student opens in a new window

Project ID by School opens in a new window

Upload Project Files for Judging (REQUIRED):

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window. Your username and password were emailed to your parent and your teacher.
  2. Select Paperwork from the horizontal menu bar.
  3. Click on Junior and Intermediate Divisions Project Report (6th-8th grade students) or Senior Division Project Report (9-12th grade).
  4. Click on the Blank File link for instructions and template or click on Browse to select your PDF file.
  5. Click on Upload File. This file will only be available to judges and will not be displayed in the public virtual project gallery showcase. Files must be uploaded by March 15.

Upload Digital Poster for Virtual Project Gallery Showcase (OPTIONAL):

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials.
  2. To upload a poster, select Paperwork from the horizontal menu bar.
  3. Click on Virtual Project Gallery Submission.
  4. Click on the Blank File link for instructions and template or click on Browse to select your PDF file.
  5. Click on Upload File.
  6. To upload a video, click on Home on the horizontal menu bar and then on your profile icon at the top right corner of the screen.
  7. Select My Profile and then copy the URL where your video is saved into the Entry Video URL field and save. These files will not be used by judges.

Check Interview Schedule and Participate in Interviews (REQUIRED):

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials.
  2. Select Virtual Contest from the horizontal menu bar.
  3. At the times indicated on the schedule, log in, click on Virtual Contest and then click on the blue Enter Virtual Judging / Interview button.

View Virtual Project Gallery Showcase:

The virtual project gallery showcase will be available on the day of the fair at pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window.

  1. To access the showcase, go to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window
  2. Click on Fair
  3. Then, select Showcase. Please share the key PRSEF2021 and your project ID with family and friends to allow them to view the virtual project gallery showcase on the day of the fair.

View the Fair Day Broadcast (OPTIONAL):

When you are not scheduled for an interview with a judge, join the fair day broadcast to watch interviews with STEM professionals, engaging science videos, shows and exhibits from the Carnegie Science Center and content from our sponsors.


Category Judges

All judging activities including pre-fair review of student work, student/judge interviews and award deliberation will take place VIRTUALLY at pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window.

Please complete the following steps to prepare for and participate in fair day.

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Review Your Interview Schedule:

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the credentials which were emailed to you.
  2. Select Go To Online Judging from the horizontal menu.
  3. If you do not receive an email with your log in credentials by March 15, please email PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Review Project Files:

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials.
  2. Select Go To Online Judging from the horizontal menu.
  3. Click on the first project assigned to you.
  4. Read the files associated with the project.
  5. Make notes of questions to ask the student or parts of the project you would like to learn more about on fair day.
  6. Continue until you have reviewed all of the projects assigned to you.

Attend Orientation (REQUIRED):

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials at 8 am on March 24.
  2. Click on Virtual Contest and select your category. Attendance will be taken during orientation. If you do not attend orientation, we will assume that you are not planning to judge and will reassign your log in credentials and interviews to another judge.

Participate in Interviews:

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials.
  2. Select Go To Online Judging from the horizontal menu.
  3. Click on the first project assigned to you.
  4. Click on the blue Enter Virtual Judging / Interview button. The video conference will not become active until at least two adults have joined the room.
  5. Continue until the end of your interview schedule.

Join Deliberation: Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials at 1 pm on March 24. Click on Virtual Contest and select your category.

Please be sure to log in to the system before the fair to review the project files for the projects you have been assigned to interview.


Special Awards Judges (sponsor awards, affiliated sponsor awards, scholarship awards)

All student/judge interviews will take place VIRTUALLY at pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window.

Please complete the following steps to prepare for and participate in fair day.

Review the Abstracts:

Review the project abstract books below to seek out projects which are a good fit for your organization’s award(s).

Schedule Your Interviews:

  1. Use the interview request form to submit a list of students you are interested in interviewing on the day of the fair. Consider students from different divisions.
  2. Forms must be submitted to PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org before March 15 so we can schedule your interviews.
  3. All interviews must be scheduled before the fair. If you have registered more than one judge for your organization, you may interview students together or separately. Please indicate your preference when you submit the list of students you would like to interview.

Interview Request form opens in a new window

Review Your Interview Schedule:

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the credentials which were emailed to you.
  2. Select Go To Online Judging from the horizontal menu. If you do not receive an email with your log in credentials by March 15, please email PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Review Project Files (OPTIONAL):

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials.
  2. Select Go To Online Judging from the horizontal menu.
  3. Click on the first project.
  4. Read the files associated with the project.
  5. Make notes of questions to ask the student or parts of the project you would like to learn more about on fair day.
  6. Continue until you have reviewed all of the projects.

Attend Orientation (REQUIRED):

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials on March 24.
  • Affiliated Sponsor Judges: 8 am – Click on Virtual Contest and select Affiliate Sponsor judges.
  • Sponsor Judges: 11:30 am – Click on Virtual Contest and select Sponsor judges.
  • Scholarship Judges: 11:30 am – Click on Virtual Contest and select Scholarship judges.

Attendance will be taken during orientation. If you do not attend orientation, we will assume that you are not planning to judge and will reassign your log in credentials and interviews to another judge.

Participate in Interviews:

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the provided credentials.
  2. Select Go To Online Judging from the horizontal menu.
  3. Click on the first project on your schedule.
  4. Click on the blue Enter Virtual Judging / Interview button. The video conference will not become active until at least two adults have joined the room. If you are the only judge from your organization, a volunteer neutral observer will be assigned to your room.
  5. Continue until the end of your interview schedule.

Submit Your Winning Projects:

  1. Complete the PRSEF 2021 Award Form with the project IDs and titles of the projects you wish to give your awards to.
  2. Send the file to PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org opens in a new window before 3:30 pm on March 24.

Affiliated Sponsor Judges:

  1. Click on Virtual Contest and Affiliate Sponsor Judges to check in with Lorren and report your award winners after your interviews.


Volunteers

Check Your Interview Schedule:

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window using the credentials which were emailed to you.
  2. Select Go To Online Judging from the horizontal menu. If you do not receive an email with your log in credentials by March 15, please email PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org.

Observe Interviews:

  1. Log in to pn-PRSEF.zfairs.com opens in a new window.
  2. Select Go To Online Judging from the horizontal menu.
  3. Click on the first project on your schedule.
  4. Click on the blue Enter Virtual Judging / Interview button. The video conference will not become active until at least two adults have joined the room. You do not need to ask questions of the students or contribute to the discussion. If the student raises a complaint during an interview or you witness something which concerns you, please contact the PRSEF office at (412) 855-4638, (412)-802-2151 or PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org immediately.
  5. Continue until the end of your interview schedule.