Because the technical advisor and teacher maintain separate Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF) accounts, it is necessary to build a bridge between the two for the purpose of information sharing. This process is called Project Linking. Once project linking is complete, the technical advisor gains access to the project information through his or her login and can fill out the Progress Report and Final Process Evaluation. In sum, project linking facilitates communication between the team and the advisor. Technical advisors and teachers are responsible for ensuring that they link projects appropriately.
The project linking process can involve three different methods of contact between the teacher and (potential or committed) technical advisor: the Advisor Authorization, Advisor Request, and Technical Advisor Pool.
If the student team contacted the technical advisor, he or she agreed to join the team beforehand, and the teacher sent an authorization to the technical advisor, there are two options:
If the student team or teacher contacted the technical advisor by email and he or she knows the ISTF Project number, the technical advisor can initiate a request to the teacher in order to link with the team:
In an effort to assist teams with the difficult task of locating technical advisors, the ISTF staff invites practicing professionals from various organizations to setup accounts and make themselves available. These professionals join those who found the program on their own in the ISTF Technical Advisor Pool, which is merely a name for the group of technical advisors who are not linked with teams and were not originally solicited by teams.
If the technical advisor sets up an account and requires assistance finding a project that relates to his or her specific subject matter expertise, he or she should: