Questions & Answers

  1. What are the Science Days of the Junior Academy?
  2. How to get ready?
  3. What is the deadline for entries?
  4. What about the Judges?
  5. How are the projects judged?
  6. What about State Science Day?
  7. Directions to Central State University?


What are the Science Days of the Junior Academy?

The Junior Academy of the Ohio Academy of Science is dedicated to the promotion of science and science education for the benefit of the youth of Ohio.  For this purpose, the State of Ohio is divided into sixteen districts.  The West District (District 10) consists of Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Shelby Counties.  At the West District level, the affairs of the Ohio Junior Academy of Science are conducted by the district council, which includes one or more representatives from each county of the district.

One of the major activities of the Junior Academy is to sponsor Science Days at the local, county, district, and state levels.  The Science Day Guide is the basic guide for science days at all levels and is available from the Ohio Academy of Science.

For the series of science days, students in grades 5-12 should use the SCIENTIFIC METHOD to prepare science projects for non-competitive judging by teams of professional scientists and science teachers.  The project categories include thirteen fields. Clarification of these categories may be found in the Science Fair Standards.

The judging criteria include:
Effective use of the scientific method
Clarity of expression
Knowledge achieved
Originality and creativity

A project must be judged superior at each science day in order to be eligible for entry at the next higher level of science day, that it, from local to county to district to state.  Fifth and sixth graders with superior ratings will be eligible to attend the State Science Day in Columbus. Any school, by itself or in collaboration with other schools, may organize a local science day.  If there is a county science day, as well as a local science day, the student must achieve a superior rating at both in order to advance to the district science day.

What are the Special Awards at West District Science Day?

Awards presented include awards from local and national organizations. Awards come from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines, American Meterological Society, Wright Memorial Chapter, American Psychological Association, Dayton 
Area Psychological Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dayton Section, ASM Materials Education Foundation, Association for Women Geoscientists, BARCO Training and Simulation, Broadcom Masters, 
Buckeye Women in Science Engineering and Research Camp, Central State University Biological Society, Central State University Greenhouse, Central State University Department of Natural Sciences, Water Resources 
Management and Manufacturing Engineering, Dayton Advocates for Computing Women, ETHOS, IEEE, IEST, ISA, Levin-Porter Architects, MacAulay Brown, Inc., Mu Alpha Theta, NOAA, NSPE, Ohio Governor's Awards, Ohio 
Soybean Council Foundation, Ricoh, Society for In Vitro Biology, Southwest Ohio Water Environment Association, SAME, Southern Ohio Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and Dayton Chapter for the Society for Information 
Display, Stockholm Junior Water Prize,  US Public Health, US Metric Association, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering (Noble Solutions, Inc), and ISEF. Awards typically consist of merchandise, cash, medallions and/or 


How to get ready?

Registration forms are available online. online. Complete the forms online and hit submit.  Payment of the registration fee may made using a major credit card, check, money order or cash.   Registration is $30.00 per student.  A two person team registration fee is $60.00, while a three person team registration is $90.00. Mail your ISEF forms and payment if not by credit card.

Mailing Address
West District Science Day
Central State University
PO Box 1004
Wilberforce, OH 45384
Shipping Address
West District Science Day
Central State University
1400 Brush Row Road
Wilberforce, OH 45384

Contact: Dr. Lowell, Director, 937-376-6274 or


Because the West District Science Day is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), stringent rules that must be followed in the use of animal or human subjects.  Rules and appropriate forms to fill out have been sent to teachers and can be accessed on the ISEF website, Check out the Intel ISEF Rules for all the rules on display and safety, and forms that need to be filled out for research involving animals, humans, microorganisms, tissue and recombinant DNA.  If your students have questions about the use of animal or human subjects that are not answered at this site, please consult your teacher or call/email the West District Science Day office for clarification.


What is the deadline for entries? – Postmarked by March 10

Go to registration to register online.  Registration must be completed online and the West District Science Day Office must receive completed ISEF forms (postmarked is OK) by March 10.  The entry fee is $30.00 per person, $60.00 (2 
team members) or $90.00 (three team members).  ISEF forms must be mailed or delivered to the West District Office – Rooms 160 or 103 Joshua I Smith College of Education and Natural Sciences Building, Central State University.   
Directions are at the bottom of this page. If your Science Day is close to the deadline (or after it), please let the office know, so arrangements can be made to accommodate your needs.  Students must include the required ISEF 
certificates to West District Science Day for review with the project.  DO NOT SEND the original ISEF forms -- copies will be fine. You may not get the forms back. Please duplicate the ISEF rules from the ISEF website as needed. Only 
students with completed online registration and a complete set of ISEF forms will be allowed to participate. You will be contacted by email, so please be sure you submit a working email address.


What about the Judges?

Along with over 400 student participants, judges are always needed at the District and State Science Days (especially science and mathematics teachers).  Please send to the District Director's office the names and addresses of any potential judges so they may be contacted.  It would be helpful if each participating school would provide at least one teacher to serve as judge for each six entries. Volunteer Judges forms available online.


How are the projects judged?

All projects are judged by two judges according to the following plan.  Individuals are judged on a 40 point while teams are judged on a 50 point system to include teamwork.  Judges come from all walks of life including 
teachers, university and college professors, government, and industry professionals.  Additional judges may interview students of a specific project for special awards.  Students receiving superior or excellent may be eligible for these 
awards.  Each special award has a specific list of criteria that the judges evaluate on each project they judge. The Special Award judges may interview a number of students to help them decide on the best project for their specific 

What about State Science Day?

For more information on State Science Day click here.

The following policy was adopted at the OJAS Council meeting, September 1998, for use at all future District Science Days.  When the number of superior-rated students at a district science day exceeds that district's quota for State Science Day, the district shall follow this policy for meeting the limits of the quota. Team scores are rated in identical fashion using the 50 point scale.

  • Students with 40 points in grades 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
  • Students with 39 points in grades 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
  • Students with 38 points in grades 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
  • Students with 37 points in grades 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
  • Students with 36 points in grades 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7

Students in grades 5 and 6 with superior ratings may be able to attend if the quota is not filled with students in higher grades. Detailed instructions for students eligible to move onto State Science Day will be given to students at the beginning of the awards ceremony during the West District Science Day.  However, any student who is eligible and wishes to enter State Science Day or a designated substitute person must be present (typically 2:00 - 2:30 PM day of fair) to pick up the registration information for State Science Day.