Lake to River Science Day

Sponsored by the Ohio Academy of Sciences and Youngstown State University, the Ohio Academy of Sciences District 15 Lake-to-River Science Day 2018 will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018, 8:30 am – 5 pm, in Stambaugh Stadium.

About Lake-to-River Science Day

Lake-to-River Science Day is one of 16 regional science fairs in Ohio that are sanctioned by the Ohio Academy of Science. The region represented by the Lake-to-River district comprises Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties. Science Day is an annual event sponsored by Youngstown State University, regional businesses, and civic organizations. Each year Science Day attracts hundreds of science research project entries from public, private, and parochial students in grades 5 through 12.

The date for the L2R Science Fair at YSU this year is March 24, 2018.

The deadline for entry in the L2R Science Fair is Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

The cost this year is $30.00 per student. Please make all checks or money order payable to Youngstown State University.

Participation in Science Day is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Through participation in Science Day, students compete not only for a wide variety of prizes and recognition of accomplishment, but most importantly, they get to experience science and discovery first hand. Student contestants in grades 5 through 12 whose projects are judged "superior" may be eligible for competition at State Science Day to be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Please note: 5th and 6th graders are eligible for State Science Day 2018.


Science Day Information Flyer*

Paper Registration

The Science Day Information Mailer* has general information about Science Day 2018. The Online Registration is essential for student participation, and it must be entirely completed including the uploading of all forms. In addition, the event fee ($30.00 check made out to Youngstown State University) has to be mailed to the above address.

The ISEF Rules Wizard can also help you decide what additional forms you need. KEEP THE ORIGINALS of all forms with your project (in a folder or at end of your report). Should you go to State Science Day, you will need originals for State Science Day.

Research Plans

ALL students should prepare a Research Plan that includes permission forms and consent forms. This form is available at Form 1A: Student Checklist Research Plan Instructions*.

The rule governing review of science projects that include humans or hazardous materials is at International rules pre-college science research.

Schools will need to form a Review Committee (Teachers, Principal, Counselor, perhaps) to review those projects that fall within these guidelines. The forms for reviewing these projects are Human Subjects forms. The Human Subjects Review and Release Forms and the Human Subjects Informed Consent Forms are combined into a single form located at Human Participants.


Students will present their work as POSTERS ONLY. Commercial apparatus and demonstrations as part of the student presentation will not be permitted. Students must make a presentation of and discuss the work done, not perform a demonstration. Logbooks, photographs, lab report, graphs, charts, etc. will be allowed and are an expected part of the presentation, but the poster is two-dimensional ONLY.

The only exception is equipment or materials developed as part of this project such as Engineering Design prototypes or equipment designed and built to complete scientific research and to collect data for a project. The item can be displayed if:

  1. It fits within the display dimensions describe in the Science Day Standards (must fit on table in the approx. 2' x 3' area, cannot be on the floor)
  2. It is not listed as an item "NOT ALLOWED at Project Display" in the Science Day Standards.
  3. It meets Safety Regulations found in Section III, part j of Science Day Standards"


Science Day Standards and Science Day Guidebook

Guides and standards for student projects can be found through the Ohio Academy of Science. It is highly recommended that students and teachers download and read these documents. They contains an enormous amount of useful information about planning, setting up, and presenting your projects.


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