Format Guidelines

Although teams desire to create the most exciting (and sometimes visually complex) websites, please focus on fact-finding. First, your team should refine the project's technical basis and locate a technical advisor. Then work on the website, which includes the Opening, Team Profile, Teaming and Communication, and Design screens. 

Opening Screen

The Opening (first) Screen must include your team's:

  • ISTF Project Number, within this statement: "ISTF Project # (give your team's ISTF number _____) was developed in response to the 2015-2016 Internet Science and Technology Fair."
  • project title.
  • National Critical Technology (NCT) and sub-category.
  • specific technology application (focus of the project).
  • 50-word statement (showing the relationship between your team's problem and solution).
  • school or organization and the state in which it is located.

Team Profile Screen

The Project Team Profile Screen that provides the names of the:

  • students on your team (using only the first names and first initials of the last names), but only if parents of the team members, the teacher and the school administration approve.
  • team's teacher and any other educational personnel who provided assistance to your team.
  • team's school or organization and the state in which it is located.
  • any other people who provided support to your team (include their title or relationship).
  • team's technical advisor(s), and if your advisor gives his/her approval, please also include:
    • the company or organization where he or she works, and
    • his or her position/title.
      • If your team has more than one technical advisor, please include all advisors on this screen.

If your team is unable to find a technical advisor, please include information on the team's efforts to obtain a technical advisor, such as e-mail sent, places contacted, etc.

Team Assessment Screen

The Team Assessment Screen must include:

  1. two 100-word paragraphs written by the team on what they experienced regarding:
    • teaming and communication (how it progressed between: students, students and the teacher, and students and the technical advisor), and
    • research and innovation (what your team learned about researching and innovating a solution to a real world problem).   
  2. three lessons your team learned during the program.

Design Screen

A Design Screen on the final project website in digital format.

This should be a visual representation that:

  • relates directly to Component Two - Task Three of the Content Guidelines
    (Propose and describe a new product or new process based on your team's NCT technical application).
  • involves some kind of design that:
    • is, for example, a detailed pictorial drawing, illustration, computer-generated image, or flowchart that specifies the steps involved in a process) of the team's  technical solution. < LI>includes a description of all major mechanical parts of the design using labels with arrows.

    NOTE: Please go to the Design Gallery for examples (included before the addition of this requirement).

General Requirements

  • Your ISTF project should have at least six screens but not more than 25 screens.
  • Graphics, pictures, charts, scanned items, video and/or sound are allowed if they make your team's project better.

All additional screens must have direct hyperlinks to:

  • information important to the project, so that judges can easily find it.
    • For instance, do not use a hyperlink to the opening page of a company's website when the information you want to show is located under "Special Projects." The hyperlink should go directly to "Special Projects."
  • original sources of facts, figures, graphs or pictures taken from the Internet.
    • Judges check the sources (using these hyperlinks) to decide if the information is valid and conforms to the Content Guidelines.
  • other sites incorporated right into the text.
    • Teams have made bibliographies (or Reference or Credits pages) with all the links on one page. But incorporated links let judges easily validate the content and relate it to its Internet sources.

NOTE: Your team must follow your grade level's guidelines to qualify for judging.