March 3 & March 4, 2018  |  Awards March 8, 2018

2018 STEM Fair Information - New Venue

The 2018 San Mateo County Office of Education STEM Fair will be held at the San Mateo County Event Center - Fiesta Hall.

To ensure that all qualifying students can register for our fair in a timely manner, all school and district fairs must be completed and awardees notified by February 2, 2018. Registration for the SMCOE STEM Fair will begin on January 8, 2018 and will end on February 15, 2018.

Tentative Schedule:
Project Check in: Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
SMCOE STEM Fair: Sunday, March 4, 2018 (Time TBD)
SMCOE STEM Fair Award Ceremony: Thursday, March 8 at The Hiller Aviation Museum

STEM Fair Award Winners List

The list of 2017 San Mateo County STEM Fair Award Winners (PDF) is now available and can be downloaded using the link to the right.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Nov. 6 – Dec.1
    TEACHERS/MENTORS: Schools/Districts Request Allocations
  • Dec.1
    STUDENTS: SRC Form Deadline
    TEACHERS/MENTORS: Allocation Request Period Closes
  • Jan. 8
    JUDGES: Judges Registration Opens
    STUDENTS: Student Project Registration Opens
  • Feb. 15
    STUDENTS: Student Project Registration Closes
  • Feb. 16
    STEM FAIR COMMITTEE: Student Abstract Review
  • Feb. 23
    JUDGES: Judges Registration Closes
  • Mar. 3
    STUDENTS: Project Check In @ San Mateo County Event Center - Fiesta Hall
  • Mar. 4
    ALL: STEM Fair & Arts Expo @ San Mateo County Event Center - Fiesta Hall
  • Mar. 8
    AWARDEES: Awards Ceremony @ Hiller Aviation Museum (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

30th Annual STEM Fair

San Mateo County Office of Education LogoThe San Mateo County Office of Education has hosted the STEM Fair for 30 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.


San Mateo County
Event Center
Fiesta Hall 1346 Saratoga Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403

Science literacy is the artery through which the solutions of tomorrow's problems flow.Neil DeGrasse Tyson


STEM Fair Student Experiences

Several STEM Fair participants discuss their enthusiasm for scientific discovery and their experiences at the STEM Fair.

STEM Fair Tips for Students

STEM Fair participants give tips and helpful hints to future students hoping to participate in the fair.

There's nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.Bill Nye (the Science Guy)


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