Developing and presenting a project at a fair can be a daunting task for the first time competitor. Parents and teachers are also key to the student’s success through their support. BASEF has created several documents to help students, teachers and parents through the fair process.


Science Success

The Science Success package provides guidance for students developing a project and the teachers and parents supporting the students . It consists of two guides, a student workbook and a guide for parents and teachers.

Registration Guides

The Registration Guides help you navigate through the registration process. BASEF’s top awards are all expense paid trips to compete at the National and International level. To ensure that top projects are eligible for these trips it is important to follow the rules set by these fairs.

The documentation set consists of:

  1. Intermediate and senior students (grades 9 to 12) guide,
  2. Junior students (grades 7 and 8) guide,
  3. Teachers/parents guide

Project Guides

BASEF has begun publishing a series of project development guidelines on specific topics. They are designed to help you safely develop your project ideas while ensuring that your project meets BASEF rules. These guidelines are based on the requirements of national and international fairs that BASEF is affiliated with.

Patent Booklet

Many projects have research or innovations which could be protected by intellectual property law. To raise awareness of Canadian intellectual property law Alex Ross of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP and BASEF have created the Patent Overview for Science Fair Participants. This consists of two documents:

  1. an overview document provides a broad overview of the patent process for students preparing for a science fair
  2. a workbook for documenting the student’s idea

Annual Reports

Each year BASEF publishes an Annual Report summarizing:

  • Fair results
  • Financial information
  • Recognizing the Sponsors that make the fair possible


Each year BASEF produces an Official Program recognizing the student participants and the many people and organizations that make the fair possible. These include:
  • the students and their projects,
  • the many awards, and their sponsors,
  • the judges,
  • donors that provide the funding and other services required for the fair,
  • volunteers

Past Fair Information

Each year BASEF produces many additional items, available on the Past Fairs pages, that may be of interest. These include:
  • award winners (BASEF, CWSF, and ISEF),
  • marketing material,
  • and much more.