Welcome to the Reading Berks Science & Engineering Fair 2015

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2016 Reading Berks Science and Engineering Fair (RBSEF)  Home Page

 NOTE: The award list is not official until the science awards staff rechecks the awards and amounts listed and make appropriate corrections.  

2015 Awards:  Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2015 Science fair. Several participants have said this may have been the best fair.  Our staff works diligently to continually improve the process and provide encouragement to the students who participate.  The follwing link is to a Word document with a list of the award winners by school.   The awards will not be listed in the illuminating software link to awards.  The information in this document is for information only and is not the official awards listing: School Student Awards.rtf

  School Student Awards.pdf

Note: Teachers go to "Teacher's Main" and students go to "Students's Main"  for complete information and downloadable attachments with information to setup projects in the Bollman Gym at Albright College on March 14, 2016


Registration and Required Forms - on this site prompt "Registration" then prompt "Student" for directions to register.       

Registration deadline is Wed. Feb. 17, 2016  (Registration fee is $10), ask your teacher if fee is paid by school or by the student.   

For complete student and teacher information and rules go to the information below the "2016 Science Fair Schedule" at "Complete project information and rules for students and teachers".                           

Fair Location:  Albright College Bollman Gym, Reading, PA

2016 Science Fair Dates:  Mon. March 14 - Thur. March 17, 2016

Project registration deadline -Wed.  Feb. 17, 2016 registration fee $10

Late project registration - Feb. 18 - March 4, 2016  late registration fee $20


2016 Science Fair Schedule:

Mon. March 14- 5:30pm-8:00pm - Setup project in Albright College Bollman Gym

Tue. March 15 - 8:00am-12:00pm - Judging of projects (no students)

                        1:00pm-3:00pm -  All students report to gym for interviews

Wed. March 16 - 9:00am-7:00pm - Fair open for public and student  viewing of projects in gym

                        7:30pm-9:15pm-  Awards Ceremony in Albright Chapel

Thur. March 17- 9:00am-4:00pm - Fair open for public and student viewing of projects in gym

                        4:00pm-8:00pm - Students must remove project from gym


          Complete project information and rules for students and teachers- go to the "old" science fair website at www.rbsef.com and prompt "Regulations" then prompt " Exhibit Rules" to find project dimensions and suggestions for a good project, prompt " Eligibility Rules" to help select correct project category, prompt "Safety and Display" to find what is NOT ALLOWED to be displayed in the fair.  Prompt "Judging" for judging criteria. 

      Registration info -go to the "new "website at www.rbsef.org prompt "Main" then "Student 's Main" for complete student directions to enter the science fair.  Prompt "Main" then  "Teacher's Main" for complete teacher directions and information and the address to send forms and checks.

         The new website www.rbsef.org is currently under development and will be evolving steadily in the next few months. We appreciate your patience.  Some of the new features of this website will allow a student to register their project and fill in required paperwork online.  Teachers that register on the site will be able to monitor student registration progress/paperwork and obtain a list of their students  entered in the science fair. 



Student's Main Page - 2016 Reading Berks Science Fair

March 14-17




     The above attachments contain all the information for you to setup your project on Monday March 14, 2016 in the Bollman Gym at Albright College.  You must know your assigned project number and the category in which the project is entered before you come to the science fair.  If you do not remember your project number and category you must (1) sign into this website with your user name and password to enter your registration account or (2) ask your teacher.  NOTE: Your project number must be be written on the back of your project and also on your notebook(s).  Go to "Fair" then prompt "Fair Information"  then "Day of Fair" for more detailed information on what to expect during fair week.

    Come prepared with a pen or pencil, clear tape, a piece of plain white paper and any other items if any corrections must be made to your project.  You must read  "Student Project Display and Safety Rules" to make sure you do not bring to the science fair any water, chemicals in containers, sand, ground or other powders or liquids.  Do not bring any live materials including animals, microbes,  plants, fungi, or molds.  Read the attached display rules for suggestions on how to display these items without bringing the "real thing" to the science fair.  Note: your school name or teacher's name cannot be on your project or in the notebook only your project id.

    Problems or concerns, contact your teacher.

 To Register - on this site prompt "Registration"  then prompt "Student" and follow the directions

Required Forms:  prompt "Registration" then "Student" for required form information

Website - www.rbsef.org select " Fair Management System- Illumination Software"

     For complete student entry directions- go to the "old" website at www.rbsef.com  and prompt "Student Info" for detailed entry information. 

For complete information on project size, classification, safety and display rules. and judging criteria see the directions below on this page listed under "Complete information---"

Location - Albright College Bollman Gym, Reading, PA

2016 Reading Berks Science Fair Schedule:

Feb. 17 - Last day to register project ($10 entry fee)

Feb.18- March 4 - Late project registration fee ($20)

March 14 - 5:30pm-8:00pm  -Set up project in Albright College Bollman Gym

March 15 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm -  All students must attend interview session in Bollman Gym

March 16- 9:00am-7:00pm - Public and students can view projects in Albright Bollman Gym

March 16- 7:30pm-9:15pm - Awards Ceremony in Albright Chapel

March 17- 9:00am-4:00pm - Public and students can view projects in Albright Bollman Gym

March 17- 5:00pm-8:00pm - Remove your project from gym, projects not removed by 8pm 3/17/2016 will not be saved!!!  You can ask another person if you cannot be there to remove your project.  

      Complete information for project safety, project size, what is not allowed to be displayed at fair, category selection, judging criteria, etc. go to the "old" website at www.rbsef.com  and prompt "Regulations" then prompt "Exhibit Rules" for project size and suggestions for a good project,  prompt" Eligibility Rules" to help you select your correct category, prompt "Display and Safety" for what is NOT ALLOWED to be displayed at the science fair (Please Read This!)


                      2015 MARCH REMINDER TO TEACHERS




        NOTE: If you registered on this site last year you do not need to register again.  If you changed buildings you may want to check your registration to make sure all is still correct.  If you have not registered last year You must first go to registration and follow directions for teacher registration in order to use the online registration features of this site.  You must register before your students start to register their projects or else you will not be able to track your students using ths site.

       Open the above attachement "March Reminder to Teachers"  for complete teacher information for science fair week March 14-17, 2016.  Suggestion, open and print the "Student Science Fair Schedule of Events" and "Student Project Display and Safety Rules" to copy and distribute to your students prior to the science fair.

      To find the list of students entered in your building(s) go to (1) "Teacher's Main" (2) prompt "Registration" (3) prompt "Verify Registered" (4) select your school(s) and prompt select.  The list will contain first name, project title, and project number.  For security reasons the last names are not shown.  The project number is listed but not the category.  A student can find their category by entering the online registration using their personal user name and password.

      On the "Student Main" the above attachments for students are also listed for the students to download and use as needed.

      Note: Student project number must be  on the backboard and in the notebook.  The name of the student and project id will also be placed on the table area to avoid any confusion setting up the projects in the correct space.  Not allowed on project board or in notebook is the school name, teacher name and frontal (face) picture of the student.  Suggestion,  the school name or face can be covered by a small piece of paper.

      Problems or concerns contact Mike Gerhart, Fair Director (mpgerhart@comcast.net) or 610-413-4588.  Keep checking this website for any last minute changes or corrections.  Share this information with other teachers in your district.

      To all sponsoring teachers:  You must  register your name and building under "Registration" before your students register their projects online.  Important -go to "More Information-" at end of this page for how to register yourself online.

          Required paperwork is found on this site by prompting "Fair" then prompt "ISEF Forms" to obtain the forms to complete and print out.  Collect the completed forms from the students and send forms with the entry fees to the science fair at the address found below the fair schedule on this page.  Required forms and form information is found by prompting "Registration" on this site then "Student".  Read all the information about the required forms, especially the fewer required forms that may be required for many gr. 6-8 students.

      For complete teacher directions go to the "old" website at www.rbsef.com and prompt "Teacher" to get answers to all your questions and directions to send forms and check to the science fair.  Note: if a project involves humans, animals, microbes (bacteria) or fungi go to the end of the teacher directions and read numbers 4, 5, and 6 for information to form a local  IRB (Institutional Review Board)  for review of these type of projects by school staff. 

     For complete rules on projects see "RULES -" below fair schedule on this page. 

Registration deadline- Feb.17, 2016

Papework/Payment deadline-  Wed. Feb. 24, 2016

Science Fair Fair Week - March 14-17, 2016

Location: Albright College Bollman Gym, Reading, PA

Student Registration deadline: Wed. Feb. 17, 2016,  Entry fee :$10 per student project

Late registration Feb 18-Mar 4, 2016 Late entry fee is $20.  Late entries will not be included in the published program.  No entries will be accepted for the 2016 Science Fair after March 4, 2016.

Website: www. rbsef.org


2016 Science Fair Daily Schedule:

Wed. Feb. 17 - Last day to register project without a late fee

Wed. Feb. 24 - Last day for the required completed and signed forms and entry fees to be delivered to Robert Novak (see mailing address below)

Mon. March 14, 5:30pm - 8:00pm Setup project in Albright College Bollman Gym

Tue. March 15, 8:00am-11:30am Judging of projects (No students allowed at this time)  

Tue. March 15, 1:00pm-3:00pm - Student interviews, all students must attend, in Albright Bollman Gym, (teachers to chaperone students at interview event)

Wed. March 16, 9:00am to 7:00pm - Public viewing and school tours of projects in Albright Bollman Gym

Wed. March 16, 7:30pm-9:15pm - Awards Ceremony in Albright Chapel

Thurs. March 17, 9:00am-4:00pm - Public viewing and school tours of projects in Albright Bollman Gym

Thurs. March 17, 4:00pm-8:00pm - Removal of project displays from Albright College Bollman Gym (Projects not removed by 8pm, 3/17/2016 will not be saved) tell students others can remove a project if they are unable to be there.

       RULES -Project safety rules, prohibited display items, project size,  project category selection, judging criteria etc. - go to the "old" website at www.rbsef.com and prompt "Regulations" then prompt  "Exhibit Rules" for project size and good project practices,  prompt "Eligibility Rules" for category descriptions and category selection help, prompt "Safety and Display" for items NOT Allowed to be displayed at fair.  Prompt  "Judging" for judging criteria.

    Send required student forms and check(s) payable to RBSEF Inc.  by Wed. Feb. 24, 2016 to:

                Robert Novak, Asst. Fair Director

                Carpenter Technology

                PO Box 14662, Bldg 54

                Reading, PA  19612-4662

             More Information-To make this website work for you it is important that the teacher must register on the website before the students from your school register projects online.  You will be asked for your email address and to create a personal password so that as your students from your building enter the science fair online you can track their progress etc.  If you teach in more than one building check off all buildings that apply to you.  Note, most teacher sponsors from the 2015 science fair are registered but you will still  need to provide an email and passcode to complete your registration.  When a student picks your name from a pull down list for your school building you will then be able to gather the student's entry information as needed.   If all goes well you will not need to wait until the last minute to get your list of registered students as in past years.   Now you can get the list of your building students anytime you want.  Because each student and teacher will have email and passwords it will allow a teacher to better communicate with registered students in the school.   All this should work if the teacher registers on the site before the students start registering the projects online.

     A message from Fair Director Mike Gerhart,                                                                         The 64th   Reading Berks Science and Engineering Fair (www.rbsef.org) is using a new website to inform teachers, register students, and register sponsoring teachers.  Since this is a new website we are hoping there will be few issues using the website.  I know from my 35 years teaching science and sponsoring students in this science fair requires a lot of teacher time.  It is hoped this site will allow teachers to sponsor students with less effort and obtain more information on student project progress.  One of the many features of the new site allows a teacher to obtain a list of their students registered in the science fair.

Please contact me if there are any problems or concerns using the new website. Contact  me at the information found below. 



Michael Gerhart, Fair Director


Ph/Fax  610-693-5321     Cell  610-413-4588



Judges Main Page- Reading Berks Science Fair

March 14-17, 2016 Albright College

The Science Fair is judged by a panel of volunteer judges who donate their time and expertise to provide fair and impartial judging of student projects. We are greatful for the many judges who tirelessly aid in our fair, many of whom have served for decades.

Previous judges are contacted prior to the Fair and enrolled to judge in the categories of their expertise.  If you haven't served as a judge previously and would like to volunteer, select the "Registration" tab on the left and choose "Judge" to provide your enrollment information.

Typically, five to seven judges will be responsible for ranking the entires in each of the Fair's twelve categories.  The schedule for judges is:  Judging Day - Tue. March 15, 2016

                        Continental Breakfast and Instructions        7:45 a.m.

                        Morning Judging of Projects                     8:00  to 11:30

                        Buffet Lunch                                      11:30 to 12:15

                        Interview Students                              1:00  to  3:00

                        Select Category Winners                       3:00  to  3:30

                        Select Finalists                                   3:30  to  4:45


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