• Not Allowed at Project or Booth
    1. Living organisms, including plants
    2. Glass
    3. Soil, sand, rock, cement and/or waste samples, even if permanently encased in a slab of acrylic
    4. Taxidermy specimens or parts
    5. Preserved vertebrate or invertebrate animals
    6. Human or animal food
    7. Human/animal parts or body fluids (for example, blood, urine)
    8. Plant materials (living, dead, or preserved) that are in their raw, unprocessed, or non-manufactured state
    9. All chemicals including water. Absolutely no liquids can be utilized in the Project Display
    10. All hazardous substances or devices (Example: poisons, drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, reloading devices, grease/oil
      and sublimating solids such as dry ice)
    11. Items that may have contained or been in contact with hazardous chemicals (Exception: Item may be permitted if professionally cleaned and document for such cleaning is available) Filters (including microbial) may not be displayed unless the Display & Safety Committee can reasonably determine that the device was cleaned or was never used (please include receipts in your notebooks and/or logbooks)
    12. Sharp items (for example, syringes, needles, pipettes, knives)
    13. Flames and highly fl amiable materials
    14. Batteries with open-top cells or wet cells
    15. Drones or any flight-capable apparatus unless the propulsion power source removed.
    16. 3D Printers unless the power source is removed.
    17. Inadequately insulated apparatus capable of producing dangerous temperatures are not permitted
    18. Any apparatus with belts, pulleys, chains, or moving parts with tension or pinch points that are not appropriately shielded
    19. Any display items that are deemed distracting (i.e. sounds, lights, odors, etc.)
    20. Personal items or packaging materials stored underneath the booth
    21. Any apparatus deemed unsafe by the Scientific Review Committee, the Display & Safety Committee, or the Society (Example: large vacuum tubes or dangerous ray-generating devices, empty tanks that previously contained combustible liquids or gases, pressurized tanks, 3D printers etc.)
  • Electricity and Other Items


    If you want electricity at your table, you must submit the Electricity Request Form. Electricity will be approved only for projects that require it to demonstrate the research (e.g., some computer science and engineering projects). If electricity is approved, an outlet will be provided within nine feet of the exhibit. The exhibitor must bring an approved extension cord.

    All other Official Rules and Regulations regarding electricity must be followed. If you are using electricity, please be sure to read the complete rules thoroughly and follow them precisely:


    Lighting will not be approved for decorative purposes but may be approved if necessary to demonstrate the science. The electricity fee ($100) must be submitted with registration.Bulb and fixture must not pose risk of injury if touched. Cool LED light is preferred. Incandescent, halogen and other warm light sources must be caged, encased, or otherwise protected so that 1) it is not possible to burn any person or item with any part of the apparatus, bulb, fixture, or casing, and 2) no glass can es-cape if the bulb is accidentally broken.


    Lasers may be used only when they follow the Official ISEF Rules and Regulations. Display & Safety Inspectors may revoke the privilege and require lasers to be removed if any careless or indiscriminate use is observed. Offenses may result in revoking the right to participate.


    If you are bringing a laptop or other valuable electronic device, consider investing in a security device such as a locking cable system to secure your item at the exhibit. WGRSEF will take measures to discourage to theft/damage to exhibits or parts of exhibits, including electronics, but is ultimately not responsible should theft or damage occur.


  • Stability

    All parts of the exhibit must be stable. Particular care must be taken with tall or heavy displays to ensure that they cannot tip over onto participants, judges, or guests.

WGRSEF staff and/or the Display & Safety Committee reserve the right to remove any item or entire project at their discretion for safety reasons or to protect the integrity of the WGRSEF and its rules and regulations.