Science Fair Participation

As one of 14 district science days in the state, Mohican District Science Day (District 4 of the OAS) is just one of many opportunities available to students in the Ashland community. Participants from schools in Richland, Wayne, Holmes, Medina, Lorain, Huron and Erie counties are also welcome. Students from schools that do not hold science fairs are welcome, so long as their projects follow Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) standards and they obtain special permission from the director.

Fields of Entry

  • Animal Sciences
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Embedded Systems
  • Energy: Sustainable Materials & Dynamics
  • Engineering Technology: Statics & Dynamics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Plant Sciences
  • Robotics and Intelligent Machines
  • Systems Software
  • Translational Medical Science

Team Projects

Team Projects are accepted at all District Science Days. Individual and team projects will be evaluated equally when District Science Day directors select projects to attend State Science Day.

Teams must meet the following standards to participate in District Science Days:

  • Teams must consist of two or three students. 
    • A Local Science Day may limit teams to two students due to local limitations.
    • Local teams may not remove team members to qualify for District or State Science Days.
  • In a given academic year, a team project may not be converted to an individual project or vice versa.
    • In a subsequent academic year, a continuing project may add or remove members as long as at least one student from the original project is retained and the maximum number of team members is not exceeded.
    • In a subsequent academic year, a continuing team project may be converted to an individual project or vice versa.
  • All team members must be present to be judged at District and State Science Days. If any team member is not present, the project will be disqualified.
  • All team members must belong to the same school and same grade brackets:
    • Grades 5-6
    • Grades 7-8
    • Grades 9-12
  • Each team must appoint a team leader to coordinate work and act as primary spokesperson. However, each member should be able to serve as spokesperson, be fully involved with the project and be familiar with all aspects of the project. The final work should reflect the coordinated efforts of all team members.
    • Judges will ask each team member for a one- or two-sentence description of what they consider to be their most important contribution to the project.
  • A supplemental sheet of contributions each member made to the team project must be signed by each member. To attend District and State Science Days, this sheet must be displayed with the project and included in the research notebook, project report and applications.
    • The full names of all team members must appear on the abstract and registration forms.

The Day of the Science Fair

Contact Information

Jeffrey Weidenhamer
Jeffrey Weidenhamer, Ph.D.
Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Director, Honors Program
Director, Mohican District Science Day
419 Kettering Science Center