When and where is the
2020 Louisiana Region 5 Science Fair?
What are the times of the events of the Fair?
Can I volunteer to help out with the fair?
When is the deadline for sending in the paperwork?
Can I mail in the paperwork or can it be dropped off
What forms do I need to turn in to the Fair?
If my school does not have a science fair, can I still
enter regional competition?
What kind of items are not allowed with the project
Do I still have to follow item guidelines if I am in
My project will need electricity for its
display. Is there a place to plug it in?
If I win any awards and am not there to pick them up,
Can my project title be in the form of a statement
and not a question?
I sent my paperwork in but don't know if it was
received on time.
My project was in one category at my school, and
another at Region 5. Why?
How do I know where to set up my project once I get
to Burton Coliseum?
Why do the students have to be at their projects
during judging at 10 am to Noon?
Does my child need to stand when a judge approaches?
Where does Region 5 Science Fair recruit their judges
What is the money used for that is generated via
registration and t-shirt sales?
Can I have my name as well as photos of me and other people on my
What is the origin of the Universe?
When will I get the t-shirt that I pre-ordered?
Why is it that 1st and 2nd places are sometimes not
awarded in a category?
there any way to get judges comments after the fair?
I have to be present at the time of the judging?
time is the Fair open to the public?
I have questions on the day of the Fair, who can I ask?
the forms that I turn in for the Fair be the originals?
I get a receipt for the registration and t-shirt money that I send
many interviews does each student receive?
have other events to attend on the day of the Fair. Can you
make special arrangements?
someone from the Region 5 Staff come to our school to give a Fair
were the past Directors of the Louisiana Region 5 Science Fair?
The date of the 64th Annual Louisiana Region 5 Science and Engineering Fair
will be February 11, 2020. It will be at the Lake Charles
Setup time is usually 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Judging is from 9 AM to 1:30 PM.
Awards Ceremony is from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
Absolutely - Volunteers are welcome. Region 5 Science Fair is
run strictly by volunteers. If you would like to help, go the
page and drop me an email. If I am not
out of the country, I will normally respond within 24 hours.
The deadline for sending in forms, with exceptions, is usually a
week and a half before the Fair. The actual deadline will be
posted once the Fair event date has been confirmed. Paperwork after this date cannot be accepted
under any circumstances, unless approved by me.
The paperwork, with the $25 entry fee for individual projects and
$40 for a 2 person team project, can be mailed to the address for the Director of the Region 5 Fair.
Proper forms, as well as properly filled out forms, are extremely
important. Please click on the Forms
link for downloadable forms that are required. Also, the
teachers at each school have been sent paper copies of all forms
located on this site. If you do not know which forms you need,
ask your teacher or contact me. ALSO, SEND ME COPIES - YOU
KEEP THE ORIGINALS AND BRING WITH YOU TO THE FAIR. The Contact
page has different ways to get in touch with me, day or night.
If your school does not have a science fair, you can still directly
enter Regional competition. Required forms and entry fees
still apply. Please Contact me prior
to sending in the paperwork.
On the web site, there is a link named Guidelines.
This will give you information as to what you cannot have at your
display. The reason for so many restrictions is
liability. In addition, those who progress onto State level of
competition, will fall under the same guidelines.
As Elementary Division does not go onto further competition, the
guidelines are somewhat relaxed. We do ask that there be no
hazardous chemicals of any type. This would also include
materials such as poisons, volatile compounds, etc. Water is
allowed, but as long as it is in a taped and sealed container that
cannot pose the risk of any spillage. Plants and food items
are allowed for Elementary Division. If you are not sure about
an item, please Contact me.
You will need to supply your own extension
cord. Depending on where on the floor your project is
assigned, you may need a cord as long as 75 to 100 foot. Also,
please bring duct tape to tape down the cord to eliminate, not only
a tripping hazard, but the possibility that someone catches your
cord with there foot and pulls your electronic item off the the
table. Be sure to contact the Director to verify
electrical outlets are still available.
If you are not able to stay for the awards ceremony, please have a
representative ( teacher, relative, schoolmate, friend ), there to
collect any awards that you may receive. If this is not
possible, then several weeks after the conclusion of the fair,
I will try to get it mailed off to you. There is a lot of post
fair paperwork that I am required to complete and get submitted by
There are no rules that say your project needs to be in the form of
a question or statement. However, your teacher may have his or
her own policy concerning this. If not, then get creative with
the title. A catchy title could be a positive.
Good question. We "might" have a web page entitled
As I get entries in, I will forward them onto the webmaster for posting
of the student name, category and
school. A few days before the fair table assignments will be
made and posted. If you notate a spelling problem please let me
know ASAP. Remember the staff of the Region 5 Science
Fair is all volunteer. We do work at other jobs.
Paperwork is processed as quick as our schedules permit. If
you wish, please Contact me if you are
desiring to know sooner.
Sometimes it is difficult to classify a project in the correct
category. That is why it is important for LR5SEF to receive
correctly filled out Abstracts and paperwork. When we get
them, we scrutinize the paperwork and have to sometimes place the
project in a different category. If you route your browser to Categories,
you will see explanations as to the description of each
category. If you have a question about the category and your
teacher is unsure, give me a call. I will be glad to help.
Once you get to the Lake Charles Civic Center, the table assignments, along with
the project's correct category, will be posted on the entrance
doors. Locate where you are suppose to
be, go to that spot, and set up. We have many duplications of
the same postings, by division, on the doors. They are in
alphabetical order. ( last name first )
From 9 AM to 10 AM, the floor is cleared and judges will have the
opportunity to look over projects and formulate questions. At
10 AM the students will be called back down to their projects for
the interview process. Even though a category judge may have
already spoken with you, there is still the possibility that a
Special Awards Judge will come by. Also, a category judge may
want to walk back out to speak to you again if he/she is having
difficulty deciding who to put 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and HM.
It would be a good idea for the student to stand when the Judges
approach their project. This lets the judge know that
the student is ready to present his/her project. It also shows
correct etiquette in the judging process. ( it will make a
good impression on the judge )
Judges are from all over - Area industries, educators and students
from McNeese, teachers from local schools, area business owners,
government representatives, and individuals from the medical
Money generated by by registration fees, t-shirt sales, and
sponsor's donations, go toward keeping the fair operating.
Some of the expenses go toward the yearly ISEF affiliation fee, trophies,
medals, and certificates, operating supplies like paper, labels,
pencils, and postage, a breakfast for the judges and volunteers,
trips to the International Science and Engineering Fair for the
Overall Fair Award Winners, as well as their adult chaperones, and
other miscellaneous items.
Yes, you can have your name and photos of yourself on your display board. If
you have photos of someone else, you need to have them complete the
bottom section of Informed
Consent Form. An added note - because of the item
display restrictions for Junior and Senior division, it is a good
idea to complement your project with photos of the research and
Come on now........you really didn't think I was going to go there
with an answer?
If t-shirts are available for pre-order, they will be available for
pickup on the day of the fair at the event.
This was a practice that was carried over from years past. It
was left up to the judge to decide if any project merited a place
award. After speaking with a number of parents, teachers and judges in 2003, it was
decided that, from now on, the highest score on a judges sheet will
receive 1st, second highest will get 2nd, etc. If there is
only one project in a category, then that project will receive
In past years we have experimented with judging forms that
were designed to provide a way to feedback comments to the
students. Unfortunately, the time available to us to tabulate
the sheets has not afforded us a practical way to get these sheets
back to the students as originally planned. Until we can work
out a different plan, we will encourage the judges to offer
constructive comments to the students at the end of their
You should. If you are not, your project will still be judged
but it will not be eligible for any awards.
The Fair will be open to the public for viewing from 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM to the
start of the awards ceremony at 5:30 P.M.
Look for folks with Volunteer, Assistant Director, or Director
badges on their shirts. There will be a number of us on the
floor with walkie talkies.
No. The forms that you mail in, or your teacher mails in,
should be copies. Keep your originals with you and your
If you need a receipt for the registration or t-shirt order that you
send in, then please include a self addressed stamped envelope, and a note for
the Fair to send you one, when your paperwork is mailed in. On the day of the Fair, we do not
have the time or manpower to write out receipts.
You will receive a minimum of one interview.
This will be for category judging. As there are a large number
of Special Awards that are given out, you may find yourself
interviewed by 2, 3, or even 4 more judges. Each special award
has its own unique set of judging criteria. Just because you
may win two or three special awards, does not mean that you will
automatically win a place award.
We do understand that the life of a student during a school year is
much busier than it was back during the time we were in
school. Please try to give the Fair your top priority.
If you have another academic event on Saturday we will definitely
work with your schedule. If you are asking because of a
sporting event, then the Fair will be less forgiving.
Absolutely! If you contact me either I or someone else from
the Region 5 Staff will be more than happy to drive out to speak to
students, teachers, and any parents about the Science Fair and
science fair projects. Please contact the Director to schedule a time!
After doing some research, I came up with the following
information. The first Director was Dr. Iglinsky of McNeese.
Second was Dr. Dickson, then Maples, then Dr. Batchelor, 5th was
Joan Vallee, 6th was Brady Gentry. Currently, Judy Reeves, St.
Margaret Catholic School is Director.