Each of these competitions is distinctly different, but they all have extremely high standards for success, generally far beyond what is expected at other levels of competition. So, if you are in middle school or junior high school, we hope you aspire to participate in these fairs, but don’t worry about your current project meeting the same standards. Virtually all of the participants in the top competitions “worked their way up” from much simpler projects when they were younger!
The annual Synopsys Championship showcases students in the Santa Clara County of California who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. This regional competition celebrates achievement by middle and high school students supported by their parents, teachers, and schools.
Through the annual Fair competition, hundreds of the area’s students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and a half dozen other categories.
The Synopsys Championship is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public, and selects projects which go on to compete and win in other state and national competitions, including the prestigious Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. But whether or not a student wins, every student is celebrated and encouraged by the hundreds of other attending students, parents, teachers, mentors, sponsors, judges, and members of the public.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ~ Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair:
Very Exciting News…The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ~ Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair ( LLNL~ACSEF), is coming into another highly successful year! LLNL~ACSEF provides a forum for stimulating student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) and an avenue for educators to fulfill the new Common Core Standards. Grade 6-12 students educated within Alameda County from home school, charter, public, private and parochial schools are eligible to participate in the fair held annually at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
Synopsys Outreach Foundation:
The Synopsys Silicon Valley Science & Technology Outreach Foundation supports teachers and students developing science projects at K-12 public and private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) schools in California and select schools affiliated with regional offices of Synopsys, Inc. In addition to sponsoring numerous science fairs including The Synopsys Championship, the Synopsys Sonoma County Science Fair, The Synopsys Sacramento Regional Science & Engineering Fair and sciencepalooza!, foundation programs and competitions include science-o-rama!, The Advanced Science Research Facility, The Advanced Science Research Class, SuperSchool teacher training seminars, the Synopsys Outreach Foundation n + 1 Prize, Science Fair 101 for Parents and donations of science project poster boards and data collecting devices to eligible schools across California.
California State Science Fair:
The California State Science Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6 – 12, serving California’s future scientists since 1952. It is hosted by the California Science Center (formerly, the California Museum of Science and Industry).
Intel Science and Engineering Fair:
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research and compete for about $5 million in awards in 17 categories. Today, millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.
The BioGENEius Challenges are your opportunity to compete on an international stage with some of the brightest scientific minds in the world. Imagine working alongside mentors at some of the leading colleges, biotechnology firms and labs in your region, and then submitting your work for presentation to biotech scientists and innovators currently engaged in transforming the scientific landscape.
Google Science Fair:
The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. Find out what you can win, and learn more about the people involved with the competition.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposia:
JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussions, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned.
Before you get started, you probably need to know more about what a science fair or project is all about. Of course, your teacher can tell you more about the science fair at your school, but the sites on this page can explain what science fairs are all about.
Superb advice for every aspect of a science fair project: topic ideas, research, data recording, display making, and more! Everything is presented in a step-by-step guide. There are also project ideas for all grade levels.
Discovery Channel School: Science Fair Central
“A science project is like a mystery in which you are the detective searching for answers.” Janice VanCleave helps you turn from science gumshoe to super sleuth and explains each step, from research to presentation.
Education.com – Science Fair Help
Articles for parents and kids on how to start and complete science fair projects.
Experimental Science Projects: An Introductory Level Guide
Not sure how to plan your project? Peter Macinnis covers every step. Also, scroll to the bottom and find a long list of topic ideas.
Science Fair Primer
Learn here how to do many important steps in your project, from developing a purpose and designing an experiment, to analyzing your data and writing a research report.
Science Project Guidelines
Having judged science fairs for many years, Kennedy Space Center scientist Elizabeth Stryjewski knows the common mistakes students make in their science investigations.
A Student’s Guide
Carefully explains how to do a science project and why they are important.
Why Should You Go to Science Fair?
You might be asking yourself this question. Here are some good answers.
Center for Precollegiate Education
If you’ve been studying science, won’t it be fun to do some yourself?
Science Fair page at Cool-Science-Projects.com
Learn about the biggest science fairs and the largest cash prizes and find out why almost all the winners of the big science fairs had to learn how not to quit.
Science Service: Why Complete a Science Project?
Here are some good reasons: it lets you use what you know, do real investigation, and because a good project just might pay off – in cash!