Participants Information 2021

The Virtual NIRSEF event will be an entirely new experience for participants, teachers, judges, and NIRSEF administrators alike! Information on this page will supersede any information found on other pages that may not be fully updated for the Virtual fair


We appreciate every one's patience and help in making this event a success! Please find a general overview of information 2021 Parents Letter  We are asking all participants please Nirsef Virtual Program For Minors and upload it to the SEFI site or take a picture and send to NIRSEF.


Schedule of events

We need everyone to register on the SEFI website and this website (registration link on the appropriate division page) as soon as possible. Once a student is registered, they will receive information about a virtual check-in when they will get instructions about how to access the virtual platform.

After registration, each participant will need to create a page with required information on theCN. This an e-portfolio program used by the state science fair. Instructions can be found at Cn Instructions This must be completed in advance of February 27!

On February 27, judging will occur "live" with judges coming to each participants virtual booth. As in the past, there will be category ribbon as well as special award judges. All participants are asked to stay at their computer for the entirety of their judging window since another judge could come by at any time. Just as with an in person fair, students can read or do some other activity while they wait for a judge to come by. Judging time will be
9am -12noon for Senior Division (can be extended if needed; this announcement will come through the virtual platform if needed)
9am - 12 noon for Junior Division
1pm - 3pm for Elementary Division

The Awards Ceremony will be broadcast "live" on Monday, March 1 at 4:30pm. A link will be provided to all participants and we encourage you to share it with your family and friends. The broadcast will be recorded and shared via a link on YouTube so that you can watch it later in the evening or another day. Prizes and ribbons will be distributed to each school the week of March 7.


Presentation Requirements

This year all participants are required to complete a Quad chart (example found 

Nirsef Quad Chart

here). This was developed by ISEF. This can be completed on a piece of paper or on the computer, but should be on a normal letter size document. This form should be uploaded on theCN so that judges can review it. 

If a school fair is completing a traditional tri-fold poster, images of the poster should be uploaded on theCN. Please make sure they are high quality images. You may need to take multiple picture so that each part of the board is clearly visible. During judging, you are encouraged to have your tri-fold poster behind you or next to you and to use it while you are meeting with judges.
If a school fair is completing powerpoint presentations, you may upload single images of slides onto theCN. Please do not upload the entire presentation as it may not open depending on the computer a judge uses to open it. While you are meeting with judges, you may have printed off version of your powerpoint in front of you, but it will not be possible to share a power point presentation through the screen.


Please contact us with any questions you may have.