• SRC  
    Does my project require
    SRC APPROVAL?
     
    A project topic that includes an activity or material listed in the green column does not require Scientic Research Committee (SRC) approval if the adult sponsor has properly reviewed
    • the student's written experiment procedures that explain in detail what the student will do
    • the student's risk assessments on a form 3
    • the student's citations of the sources of the safety information on a form 3
    • the student's level of expertise and experience
    • the safety of the lab environment
    • the purpose of the research
    and determined these activites pose minimal risk of injury to the student or others BEFORE the student may begin work on that subject.
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    SRC APPROVAL

    NOT REQUIRED

    SRC APPROVAL

    REQUIRED

    PROJECT INCLUDES

    BEFORE student may begin work the student must

    1. write a detailed experiment procedure that explains in detail what the student will do
    2. complete risk assessments on a form 3 (video)
    3. cite sources of safety information on a form 3
    4. have adult sponsor properly review and determine these activities pose minimal risk of injury to the student or others

    Student must follow all proper safety guidelines (possibly under the direct supervision of the designated supervisor).

    BEFORE student may begin work the student must

    1. write a detailed experiment procedure that explains in detail what the student will do
    2. complete risk assessments on a form 3 (video)
    3. cite sources of safety information on a form 3
    4. submit all necessary forms and paperwork to the Collier SRC and get SRC approval

    Student must follow all proper safety guidelines under the direct supervision of the designated supervisor.

    controlled substances

    • medications that are not DEA-controlled substances (medications not behind the counter such as ibuprofen, aspirin, antacid tablets, etc.) and never ingested
    • medications that are DEA-controlled substances (medications behind the counter, with or without a prescription) and never ingested

    chemicals

    • food items purchased from a grocery store
      • cannot be ingested
      • do not require a safety data sheet (SDS)
      • examples: vinegar, baking soda, salt, canola oil, herbs, spices, cabbage, etc.
    • non-food items or food items not purchased from a grocery store
    • non-food items or food items not purchased from a grocery store

    dangerous activities

    • activities that pose minimal risk of injury based upon the student’s level of expertise and experience
    • lasers class 1, 1M, 2 & 2M (visible spectrum & ≤1500 mW)
    • radiation <10 kvolts
    • power tools operated by an adult following the student’s blue print design
    • projectiles with a density ≤ 0.7 g/cm³ (ping pong balls, Nerf balls, Styrofoam balls, tennis balls, paper airplanes, Nerf arrows, etc.) shot or launched through the air using a mechanical propulsion force (catapult, sling shot, springs, bungee cords, latex rubber tubing, etc.)
    • combustion under direct supervision of the designated supervisor if using:
      • matches, candles, alcohol burner, can of Sterno
      • burning cloth, food or other non-explosive sample ≤10 grams
    • ≤500 g of a substance at very cold or very hot temperatures under the direct supervision of a designated supervisor as follows:
      • -100°C ≤ temperature ≤ -20°C (dry ice -78.5°C)
      • +65°C ≤ temperature ≤ +120°C (boiling water +100°C)
    • activities that pose moderate to severe risk of injury based upon the student’s level of expertise and experience
    • lasers class 3R, 3B & 4 (>1500 mW)
    • radiation ≥10 kvolts
    • student operated power tools (drills, saws, etc.)
    • projectiles with a density > 0.7 g/cm³ (potatoes, arrows, marbles, golf balls, ball bearings, rocks, BB's, darts, etc.) shot or launched through the air
    • using a non-mechanical propulsion force (compressed air, C

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      cartridge, explosion, etc.)
    • combustion if using:
      • fuels such as propane, butane, etc. 
      • explosive samples
      • sample of any kind >10 grams
    • >500 g of a substance at very cold or very hot temperatures as follows:
      • -100°C ≤ temperature ≤ -20°C (dry ice -78.5°C)
      • +65°C ≤ temperature ≤ +120°C (boiling water +100°C)
    • substances at extreme temperatures as follows:
      • temperature <-100°C (liquid nitrogen)
      • temperature >+120°C (steam)
    • firearms, rockets, drones, etc.
    • anything that requires a permit (collecting fossils, collecting invasive / regulated / endangered plants or invertebrates, distilling alcohol, etc.)

    potentially hazardous biological agents (PHBA’s)

    • bread or other food item is properly disposed of at first sign of mold
    • using manure for composting, fuel production, or other non-culturing experiments
    • commercially-available color change coliform water test kits (these kits must remain sealed and must be properly disposed)
    • studies of microbial fuel cells (sub-culturing from microbial fuel cells is prohibited)
    • studies involving protists, archaea and known non-pathogenic microorganisms
    • studies involving baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast (except in rDNA studies)
    • studies involving Lactobacillus, Bacillus thuringiensis, nitrogen-fixing, oil-eating, and algae eating bacteria introduced into a simulated natural environment (not exempt if cultured in a petri dish environment)
    • studies involving water or soil not concentrated in media conducive to their microbial growth
    • sample that may contain bacteria or other PHBA's (pond water, etc.) is properly disposed of within 12 hours of collection

     

    JUNIOR PROJECTS MAY NOT COMPETE
    SENIOR PROJECTS REQUIRE SRC APPROVAL
    • culturing potentially pathogenic bacteria (allow to grow over time)
    • culturing viruses (allow to grow over time)
    • growing potentially pathogenic mold over time
    • growing fungus over time
    • using concentrated media conducive to microbial growth (other than manure) to accelerate composting
    • subculturing of any kind

    vertebrate animals

    • studies that use invertebrates (planarians, snails, hermit crabs, mealworms, crickets, cockroaches, shrimp, brine shrimp, freshwater shrimp, etc.) in a controlled and contained lab environment (fish tank or terrarium)
    • hair, hooves, nails and feathers (cannot be removed from the animal by anyone for the purposes of the student's project)

     

    JUNIOR PROJECTS MAY NOT COMPETE
    SENIOR PROJECTS REQUIRE SRC APPROVAL
    • any project testing any type of vertebrate animal (snakes, turtles, frogs, salamanders, fish, rats, mice, etc.)
    • any project that ADDS or REMOVES ANYTHING to or from any outdoor or natural habitat (canal, ditch, stream, river, pond, lake, ocean, park, wooded area, field, lawn, landscaped area, garden, etc.)

    humans

    • data science projects that analyze anonymous datasets available on the internet (CDC data sets, Census data sets, List of Data sets, data mining - twitter, etc.)
    • fresh or frozen meat, meat by-products, pasteurized milk or eggs obtained from food stores, restaurants, or packing houses
    • teeth that have been properly sterilized to kill any blood-borne pathogen that may be present
    • prepared fixed tissue
    • studies involving plant tissues (except those known to be toxic or hazardous)
    • fossilized or archaeological specimens

     SRC APPROVAL REQUIRED

    • the use of the student researcher him/herself to test their own student designed invention or prototype
      • can only collect data in direct reference to the design of the invention or prototype
      • cannot collect any personal data
      • testing does not pose health or safety hazards
    JUNIOR PROJECTS MAY NOT COMPETE
    SENIOR PROJECTS REQUIRE SRC APPROVAL 
    • surveys
    • ingesting anything
    • absorbing anything through skin
    • putting anything into a body in any way
    • exercising
    • the use of human participants (other than the student researcher him/herself) to test a student designed invention or prototype
    • exposing body to anything
    • any animal product or by-product not obtained from food stores, restaurants, or packing houses