A recent post on this website announced that the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair, our pathway to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) (for high school students) and Broadcom MASTERS (for grades 6-8 students), will not be taking place this year. We are pleased to inform you that we have received emergency affiliation with Broadcom MASTERS and will send students directly to that competition from our SMCOE STEM Fair. As for ISEF, we have been assured that our top high school student will be able to participate, provided we can obtain funding for this unforeseen expense. We are seeking funding now and will have a more definitive answer for you in the near future. As in the past, our STEM fair will continue to feed directly to the California State Science Fair. Thank you for your patience.
The San Mateo County Office of Education has hosted the STEM Fair for 29 years. Our goal is to create interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education and STEM careers, foster school-community cooperation in developing the scientific potential and communication skills of tomorrow’s leaders, and to publicly recognize the achievements of talented science students, grades 5-12, in San Mateo County.
Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos, CA 94070
(11:00AM - 5:00PM)
Project Check-in and Setup
Judging & Interviews
(5:00PM - 9:30PM)
(5:00PM - 7:00PM)
(6:00PM - 9:00PM)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 11:00 – 5:00: Project Board Drop Off and Student Check In. Depending on the number of students that are present at the museum at the time that you arrive, the process should take between 15 – 30 minutes. This is the only period in which you can drop off your project and check in. If you cannot be present during this time period, please make sure that another individual drops off your project and checks you in. There will be no other period in which you can drop off your project. All projects must be at the museum by 5:00. Failure to drop off your project during this period will result in disqualification.
Monday, March 6, 2017: Project Judging and Student Interviews. You are expected to be standing in front of your project board for the time period assigned to your grade. DEVICES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE STEM FAIR FLOOR UNLESS IT WAS PRE-AUTHORIZED (for judges to view videos related to projects). All students will be interviewed at least twice by two different judges. Some, but not all, students may be interviewed more than twice. Please adhere to the times and directions listed below.
Several STEM Fair participants discuss their enthusiasm for scientific discovery and their experiences at the STEM Fair.
STEM Fair participants give tips and helpful hints to future students hoping to participate in the fair.