Feb 28 – March 1, 2016  |  Awards March 8, 2016
           

28th Annual STEM Fair

San Mateo County Office of Education LogoThe San Mateo County Office of Education has hosted the STEM Fair for 27 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.

Location

Hiller Aviation Museum Logo

Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos, CA 94070

Uotside of hangar at Hiller Aviation Museum

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

Fair Schedule

February 28

(11:00AM - 5:00PM)

Project Check-in and Setup




February 29

Judging & Interviews

(5:00PM - 9:30PM)

 

March 1

Open House

(5:30PM - 7:30PM)




March 8

Awards Ceremony
@ Hiller
(6:00PM - 9:00PM)

Schedule Details

Sunday, February 28 from 11:00-5:00
Project Drop Off and Check In

Students may come to the Hiller Aviation Museum to drop off and check in their projects at any time during this time frame. Students should accompany their projects for check in (to the best of their ability). For group projects, only one member of the group should accompany the project and check in. Upon check in, you will receive a packet that includes everything you need for the fair. For group projects, all materials for the entire group will be in one packet. During the process of check-in, your project board will be inspected to ensure compliance with SMCOE STEM Fair regulations. Upon approval, you will be escorted to your specific spot to place your project board. Upon completion of the process you must exit the venue. Thank you.

Monday, February 29
Judging Night

All students will stand with their project for interviews by the STEM Fair Judges. Please dress accordingly and be prepared to speak about the details of the design, purpose and outcomes of your study. Parents/Guardians/Teachers/Mentors will not be permitted to communicate with students during the judging period (see below). At a minimum, each student will be interviewed twice by two different judges. Students may want to review this document - and/or this video to more effectively prepare for the interview process.

Grades 5 — 12 students are separated into two time frames for this event:

  • 5:00 - 6:30: STUDENTS IN GRADES 5 and 6 AND ALL STUDENTS IN THE RAVENSWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Students should arrive no later than 4:45. Although there is ample parking, please be advised that there may be traffic congestion due to the sheer number of students arriving at the venue within the same time frame. Please plan accordingly. Carpooling is recommended.
  • 7:30 - 9:30: STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12
    Students should arrive no later than 7:15. Although there is ample parking, please be advised that there may be traffic congestion due to the sheer number of students arriving at the venue within the same time frame. Please plan accordingly. Carpooling is recommended.

Note for Parents/Guardians who will remain at the Hiller Aviation Museum during your child's judging period: The mezzanine section of the Hiller Aviation Museum will be open for you to partake in another great design challenge hosted by RAFT (Resource Area for Teachers) and to observe the STEM Fair floor. If you would like to volunteer to assist us during this period, please contact me at dmarkus@smcoe.org to make arrangements.

Tuesday, March 1
Open House

This event is open to the public for project viewing and discussion. During this time, students will be made aware if they will receive an award. The specific award will be disclosed to students at the award ceremony itself (see below). Students are expected to stand with their projects and be prepared to discuss their study with the general public for one hour. Also, students are expected to remove their projects from the venue at the close of their specific time slot. If you cannot come to this event, you must make arrangements to have your project removed from the venue. Details about award ceremony tickets and information about registering for the California State Science Fair and San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair will be disclosed with the award announcement. An email with more details will be sent to all students regarding the award ceremony by Friday, March 4, 2016. Please follow the same guidelines for parking, but please note that there is no transition time between the two time periods.

Grades 5-12 students are separated into two time frames for this event:

  • 5:30 - 6:30: STUDENTS IN GRADES 5 and 6
  • 6:30 - 7:30: STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12

Tuesday, March 8
2016 SMCOE STEM Fair Award Ceremony

Student-Awardees will receive their award/s during this event, which takes place at the Hiller Aviation Museum.
Grades 5-12 students are separated into two time frames for this event:

  • 6:00 - 7:15: STUDENTS IN GRADES 5 and 6
  • 7:30 - 9:00: STUDENTS IN GRADES 7-12

Videos

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)

Photography

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Address

101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City, CA, 94065

Phone

650 802 5200
650 802 5405