Items not allowed at project or booth area

  1. Living organisms, including plants
  2. Soil, sand, rock, and/or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
  3. Taxidermy specimens or parts
  4. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
  5. Human or animal food
  6. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
  7. Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state (Exception: manufactured construction materials used in building the project or display)
  8. All chemicals including water (Projects may not use water in any form in a demonstration.)
  9. All hazardous substances or devices [for example, poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, and lasers
  10. Dry ice or other sublimating solids
  11. Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
  12. Flames or highly flammable materials
  13. Batteries with open–top cells
  14. Glass or glass objects unless deemed by the Display and Safety Committee to be an integral and necessary part of the project (for example, glass that is an integral part of a commercial Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display and Safety Committee, or Society for
  15. Science & the Public (for example, large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, etc.)


  1. Any inadequately insulated apparatus producing extreme temperatures that may cause physical burns is not allowed.
  2. Any apparatus with unshielded belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points must be for display only.
  3. Project sounds, lights, odors or any other display items must not be distracting.
  4. AzSEF, the Display & Safety Committee, and/or the Scientific Review Committee reserve the right to remove any project for safety reasons or to protect the integrity of the AzSEF and its rules and regulations.
  5. No changes, modifications or additions to projects may be made after approval by the Display and Safety Inspector and SRC.


  1. Awards, medals, business cards, flags, logos, CDs, DVDs, flash drives, brochures, booklets, endorsements, giveaway items and/or acknowledgements (graphic or written) unless the item(s) are an integral part of the project.
  2. Postal addresses, Internet, email and/or social media addresses, QR codes, telephone and/or fax numbers of a student.
  3. Name, postal addresses, website, email and/or social media addresses, QR codes, telephone and/or fax numbers or name of school attended by student researcher(s).
  4. Active internet or email connections as part of the display or operating the project.
  5. Prior year’s written material or visual depictions on the vertical display board (exception: the project title may mention which year the project is in).

Additional Resources and Forms

AzSEF 2016 Checklists and Forms

AzSEF 2016 Display and Safety Regulations

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AzSEF 2016 ISEF Rules and Regulations