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 The following are unacceptable for display.

(They are not allowed on the project or in the booth.)

  • living organisms (including plants and microorganisms)
  • dried plant materials, unless sealed in acrylic or similar material
  • taxidermy specimens or parts
  • preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  • human or animal food
  • human/animal parts or body fluid (blood, urine) (Exceptions: teeth, hair, nails, dried animal bones, histological dry mount sections, and completely sealed wet mount tissue slides)
  • soil or waste samples
  • laboratory/household chemicals, including water (Exceptions: amounts integral to an enclosed apparatus.)
  • poisons, drugs, controlled substances, hazardous substances or devices (for example: firearms, weapons, ammunition, loading devices)
  • dry ice or other sublimating solids
  • sharp items (for example: syringes, needles, pipettes)
  • flames or highly flammable display materials
  • empty tanks that previously held combustible liquids or gases, unless certified as having been purged with CO2
  • batteries with open top cells
  • awards, medals, business cards, flags, etc.
  • personal photographs, accomplishments, acknowledgements, addresses and phone and fax numbers are not permitted on handouts but may be included in the research/data book
  • photographs or other visual presentations depicting vertebrate animals in surgical techniques, dissections, necropsies, other lab techniques, improper handling methods, improper housing conditions, etc.

The following are acceptable for display only and cannot be operated:

  • projects with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, and moving parts with tension or pinch points
  • class III and IV lasers

The following are acceptable for display, with restrictions:

  • class II lasers – must be student operated, must post sign reading : "Laser Radiation: Do Not Stare Into Beam", must have protective housing which prevents access to beam, must be disconnected when not being operated
  • large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices must be properly shielded
  • pressurized tanks that contained non-combustibles may be allowed if properly secured
  • any apparatus producing temperatures that will cause physical burns must be adequately insulated
  • high-voltage (over 12 volts) equipment must be shielded with a grounded metal box or cage to prevent accidental contact
  • high-voltage wiring, switches, and metal parts must have adequate insulation and overload safety devices and must be inaccessible to others
  • to reach electrical outlets, must provide an extension cord no more than nine feet in length, with sufficient carrying capacity and certified by Underwriters Laboratories
  • electrical connections must be soldered or made with UL approved connectors, wires must be insulated (max: 500 watts @ 130 VAC/ 60 Hz)
  • bare wire and exposed knife switches may be used in circuits of 12 volts or less; otherwise, standard enclosed switches are required
  • handouts to public and judges must be limited to one official copy of the project abstract

The Fair Director
Dr. Stephen Nelson
(432) 552-2227
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