All students exhibiting projects in the Fort Atkinson Science Fair will receive a participation certificate and a ribbon designating their level of accomplishment. These awards will be attached to the exhibits after the judging has taken place. Thus, the names of the students will be on the exhibits for the public viewing.
One science fair medal will be awarded for each project judged to be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each division regardless of individual or group participation. Winners in the above categories will also receive cash awards in the following amounts: 1st place $30, 2nd place $20 and 3rd place $10. Team members will need to split the cash award among the members. The top six winners in each division receive a Science Fair T-shirt. Team members will each receive a t-shirt.
In addition, monetary awards will be presented to the these winners of the Grades 9-12 division. First place will receive $200, second place $100, and third place $75. The intent of the monetary award has been as an incentive and reward for high school entries. The regular 9-12 division has requirements above and beyond those of all others. These standards are outlined under Judging Criteria for grades 9-12 and Additional Information for Division 9-12. They include a typewritten abstract and formal report, proper completion of ISEF forms, display size requirements, and participation of an adult sponsor. The Science Fair Board also acknowledges that projects designed to compete at this level often require more expensive equipment and supplies as well as substantially more time and effort on the student’s part. The first and second place winners may also incur traveling expenses in order to attend the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair.
In addition to the participant awards the Science Fair offers awards to teachers/classrooms and schools. Each 1st place divisional winner gets a $100 award for their classroom. This money can be spent on any science related materials or activities. The school that has the most participants (not entries) receives a $500 cash award.