2020 San Francisco Middle School Science Fair

Registration for the 2020 Middle School Science Fair is closed. Please check back for updates.

February 25 – March 6, 2020

Teachers: If you would like to enter your school into the fair this year and have not received the information packet by the end of September, email the Fair Coordinator to be added to our teacher mailing list. You do not have to host a science fair at your school, but you do have to RSVP in advance to receive an entry quota. The goal of the Fair is to emphasize the joy and accessibility of science and participation over competition; therefore, winners are not awarded cash prizes, but instead are offered a day trip to a Bay Area location of educational and entertainment interest (such as a science Bay cruise on the research vessel, the Derek M. Baylis).

Science Bay cruise on the the Derek M. Baylis research vessel

The judging criteria are designed to reflect these goals. Seventh and eighth grade winners can also qualify to enter the Golden Gate STEM Fair (formerly SBASF – San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair). All participants receive a ribbon and a certificate of achievement.


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Important note to students and teachers:

If your project involves human subjects (including people filling out surveys, or even people you are observing anonymously), animals, pathogens, or controlled substances, you must fill out a Project Proposal Form before you begin your experiments and, in most cases, send it to the Golden Gate STEM Fair’s Scientific Review Committee by February 1 (exceptions: 6th graders and team projects must fill out the form and keep copies but do not need to send it in because they are not eligible to enter the GGSF). If you are working with human subjects, you must also obtain informed consent from each person at the time of your experiment. The forms are available at the Golden Gate STEM Fair website. Feel free to contact our fair coordinator if you have questions or concerns about this or any other aspect of the entry process.

We gratefully acknowledgement Patrice and Lisa Gautier and the organization Matter of Trust for their generous support of the 37th Annual Science Fair.

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