List of Materials That Are Prohibited From Use in the Science Engineering Fair

Students’ Science Fair projects may not involve, at any stage of the project, the following:

• Blood products, fresh tissue, teeth or bodily fluids

• Nonhuman vertebrate animals and their parts, exception unfertilized eggs shells

• Ingestion or inhalation of any substance by humans subjects (no smelling/wafting or eating/chewing of ANYTHING)—NOTHING in or on parts of mouth—including but not limited to teeth, tongue, lips

• Pathogenic agents (See Note Below)

• Recombinant DNA

• Carcinogenic or mutagenic chemicals

• Compressed gas (exception: helium, CO2, air)

• Controlled substances  (Controlled substances, including DEA-classed substances, prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco are not allowed.)

• Explosive chemicals

• Hazardous substances or devices (including, but not limited to BB guns, paint ball guns, potato cannons, air cannons)

• High voltage equipment

• Highly toxic chemicals

• Lasers (any strength)

• Ionizing radiation X-rays or nuclear energy

• Radioactive materials

Note about Pathogenic Agents


• Pathogenic agents are disease causing, or potential disease-causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, viroids, prions, rickettsia, fungi, mold and others.
• Organisms collected, isolated and/or cultured from any environment (e.g., air, soil) are considered potentially pathogenic and experiments using these procedures will not be allowed. All plant projects must use sterile, bagged potting soil.
• Raw or partially processed human/animal waste is considered to contain potentially pathogenic agents.