Only experimental projects will be considered, so your project will fall into the category of operational science, not origins science (see “Science or the Bible?”). As such, it might have little to do with origins, except that the Creator established and upholds the natural laws that make operational science possible. You will need to relate your project to a Bible verse—read the guidelines for more information.
All projects must fall into either the life sciences (biology, botany, microbiology, cell biology, ecology, genetics, zoology, etc.) or the physical sciences (chemistry, astronomy, physics, engineering, weather, etc.). Projects must be experimental in nature. Projects that compare products (e.g., comparing the absorption of different paper towels) or demonstrate principles (e.g., how a volcano erupts) are not appropriate for this competition.
We have limited space, and we can only accept about 40 students. Since we are opening the fair up to students from all areas, we could potentially receive many more than 40 candidates to choose from.
There is a $5 nonrefundable application fee that will need to be sent in when you submit your hypothesis and methodology for review (on the Proposal Form). Those who are accepted will need to send $25 when they register for the event. The fee covers the cost of the Science Fair, and it includes admission to the museum (for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and Science Fair events for you and one family member. (Other family members will be able to get discounted tickets to the museum upon arrival.)
Those who are selected to participate in the Science Fair will have an opportunity to request that their names not be published if anonymity is desired.
For the protection of your project, we will only display it in the classroom space in the museum. The fair will be open to museum guests for a short while after the judging is completed.
Answers in Genesis scientists, with the help of volunteer judges, will handle the judging.
We are still working out the details, but we know that the “Best of Show” winners will receive a family premium annual pass to the Creation Museum and a $100 gift card to the Dragon Hall Bookstore. Category winners will receive gift cards as well. Check this website again for an official announcement about the prizes.
In addition to all that the Creation Museum has to offer on a daily basis, you will be able to participate in other programs lined up just for you. Attend workshops such as “Microscarium” with Dr. Menton and “Snakes Alive!” We will also hold an awards ceremony in the evening with a dynamic speaker.
No, this is an independent science fair. Whether or not you choose to participate in other science fairs is completely up to you. You will be able to take your project home with you, so you certainly can use it to compete in another fair if desired.
Each project must involve new research, so a previous year’s project can only be used if you build on it or change it with substantial new research.
One reason we are holding this Science Fair is to show that creationists are capable of conducting good science. We also want to provide an opportunity to encourage creationist students with an interest in science to pursue their goals. In light of these intentions, the invitation to participate is open to any 7–12 grader who agrees with the Answers in Genesis Statement of Faith.