Student Registration

Continued from 2022:
All students who complete an inquiry-based science project or design and build a prototype solution will be able to participate in the 2022 District Science Day without having to compete in a Local, County, or other Independent Science Day.

New for 2023 Fair Season: 
The North Central District Science Day will no longer be held in conjunction with the Marion Area Science & Engineering Fair.

The STEM Wizard registration platform has been retired and all districts will be using the new platform ProjectBoard for District Science Day registration. Students should follow the steps below to register before the deadline of February 27th, 2023

  • Please use this registration link to navigate to the ProjectBoard website to register and upload documents

> How to start a student registration 
> How to add a user to a project
> Complete Instructions for Student project submission
> Video about student project submission

  • All required forms and files should be submitted online. If necessary, they can be scanned and uploaded as pdf files
  • Students need to make a note of their username and password so that they can edit their information and upload documents until the registration deadline

Payment of fees:
The registration fee for the District Science Day will be $20 per student payable using the District 3 Science Day Payment Form.

Fees may be paid online by credit card at the time of registration. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Qudsia Tahmina at or Dr. Tiffiny Rye-McCurdy at

For additional information please visit the Ohio Academy of Science website:

What will the student submit?

The following ProjectBoard tiles/sections are absolutely required for a submission to be considered for District Science Day:

1. Abstract
2. Completed Final Report
3. ISEF Forms
a. Form 1: Checklist for Adult Sponsor
b. Form 1A: Student Checklist
c. Form 1B: Approval Form
d. additional forms may be required due to the nature of your research (see ISEF form descriptions below)

The following ProjectBoard tiles/sections and or ISEF forms are optional:
4. Quad Board (optional)
5. Up to 15 minute video (optional)

Unsure if you need additional ISEF Form?

Below are descriptions of the requirements for each of the forms that may be required in addition to those listed above.

Registered Research Institutional/Industrial Setting Form (Form 1C)
If research is conducted in a registered research institution (e.g., universities, medical centers, NIH, etc.) or industrial setting, the following must be completed by the scientist supervising the student research:

Qualified Scientist Form (Form 2)
A Qualified Scientist is required to supervise projects involving potentially hazardous biological agents and controlled substances. A Qualified Scientist is required to supervise some projects involving nonhuman vertebrate animals, and human subject studies with more than minimal risk. The Qualified Scientist must sign the following form prior to the start of student experimentation.

Risk Assessment Form (Form 3)
This form is required for all projects using hazardous chemicals, activities or devices or regulated substances. A Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist must sign the form prior to the start of experimentation.

Human Participants Form (Form 4)
For all research involving humans, including projects involving surveys, the following form is required. Approval by an Institutional Review Board is required before experimentation. The Adult Sponsor, Qualified Scientist, or Designated Supervisor cannot serve on the Institutional Review Board.

Human Informed Consent Form
If your project requires informed consent of participants, then you need to complete this form

Vertebrate Animal Forms (Forms 5A and 5B)
If your project will not be conducted at a regulated research institution, use form 5A. Your project must receive prior approval by a Scientific Review Committee, who will determine whether your project requires supervision by a Veterinarian, a Designated Supervisor, and/or a Qualified Scientist.

Research conducted at a registered research institution must be approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the institution. Form 5B needs to be signed by a Qualified Scientist or the Principal Investigator of the research project, and by the IACUC chair or coordinator. A copy of the IACUC approval must be attached.

Potentially Hazardous Biological Agents Risk Assessment Form (Form 6A)
Form 6A is required for all research involving microorganisms, rDNA and fresh tissue, blood and body fluids. Approval by a Scientific Review Committee is required before experimentation. The SRC must conduct a risk assessment and determine the appropriate biosafety level for the biological agents used in the research. Approval of a Qualified Scientist or a Designated Supervisor is required before experimentation.

Human and Vertebrate Animal Tissue Form (Form 6B)
Form 6B is required for all projects using fresh tissue, primary cell cultures, blood, blood products and body fluids. Students using any of these tissues must also complete form 6A. Approval of a Designated Supervisor or Qualified Scientist is required before experimentation.

Continuation Projects Form (Form 7)
If a project is a continuation in the same field of study as a previous year’s project, then this form must be submitted.