Welcome to the official website for the TJHSST Invitational Science Fair,
hosted by TJHSST’s Mythvestigations Club.

Go to our About page for information about the ISF, or browse our site using the navigation bar. The 2021 Invitational Science Fair will be held virtually with live presentation slots. Please check the latest post and your email for more information.

2021 TJ Invitational Science Fair Results

Hello everyone!


After a week of grading and calculating scores, we are ready to announce this year’s Invitational Science Fair Winners! Winners are as follows:

  • 1st Place (tied): Sanchali Banerjee, The Effect of Electric Pulse Frequency on the Time Taken for a Calcium-Lipid Solid to Fracture; Veda Murthy and Varsha Gunda, The CQuestrators
  • 3rd Place: Grayson Haupt, How Good an Adhesive is Gallium?
  • Honorable Mentions: Risha Potluri, Particulate Matter, SARS-COV-2 & Masks; Babiha Bakshi, Nanotechnology to the Rescue

Winners, please be on the lookout for an additional email later today regarding your prize.


Despite all the challenges and this year’s new format, we are incredibly proud and impressed by the projects we’ve seen this year. Scores were incredibly close, and we felt as if every single project this year has brought forth new, novel scientific information worth considering and learning about. We encourage each and every one of you to take pride in what you have done, and we hope that you continue researching in the future.
We will send out rubrics with your score in the coming weeks. However, TJ’s schedule this year has limited the amount of time our club can hold meetings, so we ask for your patience in getting rubrics sent out.


Have a wonderful spring break!

Presentation Slots and Presentation Skills Session

The presentation slots are out! Please use this Sign up Genius link to schedule your slot. Follow the directions at the top of the form. Please fill this out by Tuesday, March 16.

Additionally, there is a presentation skills session coming up soon next Thursday, March 11th at 4:30 pm. Make sure to sign up by noon Thursday, March 11th using this link.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com

Written Summary Portion Announcement

We’d like to introduce to you the next component of your project: the written summary. The written summary will comprise 40% of your total project score and is due by 11:59 PM on March 4, 2021. A penalty will be incurred for late submissions.

  • The written summary must include:
    • Participant names, project number, and project title at the top of the page
    • Introduction
    • Background information / past research conducted (cite sources using MLA or APA)
    • Purpose and objectives for project
    • Hypothesis
    • Methods and materials
    • Results and analysis, including figures and tables if applicable
    • Conclusion
    • Future research
  • The written summary should be in 12-point Times New Roman and turned into this form

Please take a look at this example written summary for helpful hints.
As you are working on your written summary, you may wish to begin working on your PowerPoint or presentation as well. We will be hosting a session one week before the science fair on presentation tips. Information will be sent out at a later date.
Please let us know if you have any questions! Our email is always available to answer anything about the science fair or general project help.

Welcome to the 2021 ISF! Info for Registered Participants

Congratulations! You’ve officially taken the first step of the ISF!

The ISF will be held virtually from March 19 to March 21. Participants will sign up for live time slots whenever they are able to present and share their screen with their presentation. We will release more information and sign-ups closer to the date. If you are unable to attend the fair for any reason, please email us as soon as possible.

The next deadline for participants is the Authorization Form submission and the Planning diagram submission. We are extending the due dates by a week for both.
 By January 14, 11:59 PM, please submit your authorization form with both parental and science teacher approval certifying that your project follows FCPS guidelines. Here is the authorization form and here is the Google form where you submit it.
By January 14, 11:59 PM, please also submit your Experimental Design Diagram (if your project is hard science such as biology or chemistry), your UML diagram if your project is computer-science, or your blueprint with measurements if your project involves tech or prototyping. If you have questions about what you should submit for your project, please email us with an outline of your project idea. Please submit your planning here.

We will be hosting a series of sessions on statistics and spreadsheets that may be helpful in completing your project on February 5 and 6. We will release more information as the date approaches, so stay tuned.

We will continue to stay in touch before the fair, so keep your eyes open for additional updates and information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, continue to work on your projects. Project guidelines are available on the “About” page on our website, tjsciencefair.wordpress.com. Please do feel free to email us with any specific questions.
Lastly, as a side note, please remember that all ISF documents cannot be accessed while logged into an @fcpsschools.net account. If you have any issues regarding accessibility, please reach out to us and we’ll get it resolved.

We look forward to seeing your projects!

The Mythvestigations Team

Interest/Brainstorming Recap + Further Information

Hello everyone,


Thank you to all who attended the interest session today. We have included the slideshow and handouts from today’s meeting in this post.
If you haven’t already, register for the fair at this link. The deadline for registration is December 18, 11:59 PM.

Note: to submit the forms below, you will need a project number! You will receive a project number after the registration deadline.
By January 7, 11:59 PM, please submit your authorization form with both parental and science teacher approval certifying that your project follows FCPS guidelines. Here is the authorization form and here is the Google form where you submit it.
By January 7, 11:59 PM, please also submit your Experimental Design Diagram (if your project is hard science such as biology or chemistry), your UML diagram if your project is computer-science, or your blueprint with measurements if your project involves tech or prototyping. If you have questions about what you should submit for your project, please email us with an outline of your project idea.


We will send out another email and make another post with further instructions with a rubric, as well as information about upcoming sessions, after the registration date has passed.
If you have any questions about the brainstorming process or the fair, please feel free to email us.

Brainstorming Handout

Interest/Brainstorming Presentation Slides

Session Dates and Deadlines

TJ 2021 Invitational Science Fair Official Announcement!

Hello everybody,

We’re excited to host our annual ISF again this year and see more new, exciting science projects! This year’s fair and information sessions will be held virtually via Blackboard Collaborate. The fair will take place from March 19 to March 21, 2021, and participants will sign up for a presentation time slot.

This year’s interest and brainstorming session will be held on December 4, 2020 at 4:30 PM. Click here to sign up for the session.

Unable to attend? That’s alright! We’ll post here with all the information about the fair after the session is over.

In the meantime, here’s the registration link for this year’s fair. Signups close on December 18. Unlike past years, you won’t need to enter project info – you’ll submit that later.

Questions? Contact us at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com

2020 ISF Winners Have Been Announced!

  • 1st Place: Sanchali Banerjee, The Effect of Frequency on the Time Taken for a Bubble to Pop
  • 2nd Place: Babiha Kaur, Electrifying H2O!
  • 3rd Place: Kyungwon Lee, The Effect of Low pH on the Levels of Enzymatic Browning of an Apple
  • Honorable Mentions: Akshath Karthikeyan, The Effect of Filter Type on Heavy Metal Levels in Water and Veera Anand, AI Powered Weapon Detection System

Please see the recent email for more information, including how to receive your rubric and feedback. If you did not receive this email, please contact us at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com.

2020 ISF Submission Guidelines

FCPS has canceled for the rest of the academic year. However, we know that the participants have worked tremendously on their research, and we would hate to see their efforts go to waste. As such, this year’s science fair will be done entirely online in an alternative format. Here are the criteria:

  • Students should record a 7-10 minute video of themselves presenting their projects with their trifolds. This is a strict time limit.
  • Each individual/group must submit their video by the end of the day on April 16th, 2020.
  • Both the project trifold and the speaker must be clearly visible. The speaker’s voice must also be clear. Please try to steady the camera as much as possible.
  • Please state your name, project title, and project number at the start of the video. This will help ensure your project receives the correct score.
  • Speakers should dress in business casual attire.
  • Groups unable to meet in person should use splitscreen to present their projects. Individuals may also use splitscreen to make both themselves and the project more visible.
  • Students will be scored according to the rubric under the Forms section.
  • Some free software that students may use to edit their videos include iMovie (Apple devices only), Openshot Video Editor, and DaVinci Resolve. Of course, students may use any method of their choice.

While this format cannot fully replicate the experience of an in-person science fair, we hope that this will provide students the opportunity to showcase their research. Please feel free to email us at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

New Date for Statistics Session + Updated Timeline

Due to unexpected scheduling conflicts, the statistics session has been moved to February 21, 2020. It will still be held at TJHSST from 6 to 7 PM. Registration for the session will open once registration for the Invitational Science Fair closes on January 24, 2020. We will post and email regular updates regarding session signup. If you are unable to attend the session, we will post and email the information presented during the session.

We have also updated our science fair timeline accordingly and included it here:

  • January 24, 2020: Registration form due
  • January 31, 2020: Authorization form due
  • February 6, 2020: Intro, background, hypothesis, and methods due
  • February 21, 2020: Statistics session
  • March 5, 2020: Written summaries due
  • March 21, 2020: Science fair

Please contact us at tjhsstsciencefair@gmail.com if you have further questions.