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Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair – Teachers and Students

Teachers and Students

Whether you are just starting to think about doing a science fair project or you have already registered and need all of the details – this is the place for you!

Where to Start

The Teachers’ and Students’ Handbook opens in a new window contains a step-by-step guide to everything from registration deadlines, to choosing and completing a project, to what will happen on the day of the fair.  This is the place to start looking for answers to all of your Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF) questions.

For help with library research and finding high quality scientific sources, check https://www.wlnonline.org/prsef/ opens in a new window and read Quality Sources opens in a new window.


Virtual PRSEF 2021

Check this FAQ document opens in a new window for answers to the most commonly asked questions about how PRSEF will be turned into a virtual science fair in 2021.

The following guidelines should be used for project submissions for Virtual PRSEF 2021

Reference these samples: paper opens in a new window, presentation slides opens in a new window and digital poster opens in a new window for the Junior/Intermediate Division for help getting started.


Rules and Guidelines

If you are looking for more specific information about rules, regulations and guidelines, the ISEF rules opens in a new window and the PRSEF guidebook opens in a new window will give you all of the details about required forms and safety information.

Before you submit those forms, be sure to read the Guide to the Scientific Review opens in a new window and the Risk Assessment Guide opens in a new window.


Teacher Resource Center for Student Research

Zoom recording

  1. What makes a good science fair project opens in a new window
  2. Forms and the SRC review process opens in a new window
  3. What are the judges looking for? opens in a new window
  4. Teaching research to students – Jan Waldeck opens in a new window
  5. Teaching research to students – David Boone opens in a new window
  6. Teaching research to students – Mark Krotec opens in a new window
  7. Connecting with local universities and industrial labs opens in a new window
  8. Question and Answer / Panel Discussion opens in a new window

Presentation slides (PDFs)

  1. What makes a good science fair project opens in a new window
  2. Forms and the SRC review process opens in a new window
  3. What are the judges looking for? opens in a new window
  4. Teaching research to students – Jan Waldeck opens in a new window

Help us spread the word about PRSEF and ISEF

Print, display and distribute these flyers to all of the future scientists you know.


Contact Us

Email questions or comments to PRSEF@CarnegieScienceCenter.org or call the Science Fair office at 412.237.1534.