Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair

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Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair!

Our Mission

The Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair promotes diversity and high-quality scientific research and science education for K-12 students in Santa Cruz County.

Our Goals

The Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair will provide the highest quality special events for students seeking opportunities in pre-collegiate scientific research, and world-class science and technology competitions.

 

The Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair (SCCSF) is a regional academic science, mathematics, technology, and engineering competition for students in grades K-12. Through the generous support of Poly, Seagate Technology, SCCSF sponsors the Santa Cruz International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and California State Science Fair (CSSF) teams.

 

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Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair!

Dear Science & Engineering Fair Participant:


The Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Poly would like to welcome you to the Santa Cruz Science & Engineering Fair Website. Available to all students is the Science & Engineering Fair Guide, which will help you get started on your Science & Engineering Fair Project.

Access the Student Guide here.
 


Santa Cruz Science & Engineering Fair will be on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

NO applicants will be registered after the deadline of February 7, 2020.

Some projects in Grades 6-12 need Scientific Review Committee (SRC) approval before experimentation. Please use the chart below to determine if your project needs approval before you begin your experiment. 

If the chart indicates you need SRC approval, click "Create Account" above and follow the prompts to register. The site will automatically generate the forms you need to complete.

 

 

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December 23, 2019 SRC Forms Due 5:00 p.m.
February 7, 2020 Registration Deadline 5:00 p.m.
March 13, 2020 Project set-up at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, CA 95076

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 

March 14, 2020 Primary (K-3) & Junior(6-8) Interviews & Judging
Elementary(4-5) & Senior(9-12) Interviews & Judging
Open to Public

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  Division
Primary Division
Elementary Division
Junior Division
Senior Division
Age Group
Grades K - 3
Grades 4 - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12
March 14, 2020 Project pick-up
One Day Only
SC County Fairgrounds
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
TBD Awards Ceremony TBD
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

 

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Links & Resources

 

Featured Resources

 

Next Generation Science Standards

Science Buddies

The K12 Engineering Education Podcast

Video Series: How to Do a Science Fair Project

 

Categories

 

Activities

Aquariums

Centers and Museums

Curriculum

Field Trips

Project Ideas

Resources Designed Especially for Young People

Science Fairs

Science Fairs Around the World

Space and Planetary Science

Student Opportunities

Supplies Online

Teacher Resources

U.S.A. State Science Fairs

Zoos



 

Activities

 

NATURE: Puzzles and Fun
The Public Broadcasting Services Nature program has produced games and puzzles for kids to explore nature.

National Geographic for Kids
Designed for kids there are stories, games, surprises, and much more from the folks at National Geographic.

Science and Nature
Produced by the British Broadcast Company (BBC) this web site is filled with science information and activities.

Cool Science for Curious Kids
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology...on screen, off screen, and in between.

Show Me
Show.me.uk is the children's section of a website called the 24 Hour Museum. Their office is in Brighton, which is a seaside town in the south of England. The Show Me staff show you the wild, cool, crazy, fun stuff in the UK museums and galleries

Insect Safari
Multimedia education expedition that is available to schools

NOVA Interactive Archive
Interactive content such as games, clickable maps, QuickTime VRs, and more

The Science Explorer
An Exploratorium-At-Home Book of activities

Science Snacks
Exploratorim Science Snacks are miniature versions of some of the most popular exhibits at the Exploratorium

The Yuckiest Site on the Internet
Science fun for kids



 

Aquariums

 

Aquarium of the Bay
Aquarium of the Bay is a unique educational and entertainment facility dedicated to the San Francisco Bay

Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific is located in Long Beach, California

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco's newest aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and rain forest all rolled into one visit

Georgia Aquarium
The world's largest aquarium with 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Your ocean link E-QUARIUM: See the kelp cam, penguin cam, otter cam and more



 

Centers and Museums

 

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco's newest aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and rain forest all rolled into one visit

California Science Center
Interactive exhibits located at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Exploratorium
The museum of science, art, and human perception

Lawrence Hall of Science
Hands-on exhibits and events, school programs and teacher workshops, publications and products

National Museum of Science and Technology--Leonardo da Vinci
Ships, aircraft, trains, cars, motorbikes, radio, energy, and more

Questacon
The national science and technology centre of Australia: science and technology for kids, teens, teachers

Science Museum of Minnosota
Research, collections, and science activities

Natural History Museum of London
Award winning museum: exhibits, activites, articles

The Tech Museum of Innovation
A hands-on technology museum devoted to inspiring the innovator in everyone

Singapore Science Centre
Singapore Science Centre sponsors the International Science and Engineering Team.



 

Curriculum

 

A Guide to Simple Machines Used in Cars
As people perform work, simple machines can make tasks easier by pushing or pulling objects over a distance. Simple machines include pulleys, wheels and axles, levers, inclined planes, screws, and wedges. When more than one simple machine works together, they create a compound machine.

Science NetLinks
Science NetLinks' role is to provide a wealth of standards-based resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactives and reviewed Internet resources. Science NetLinks is a dynamic site with new content being added on a regular basis, so check back often.

The Physics Front
The Physics Front provides selected resources for teachers of high school physics. Hundreds of lessons, labs, and activities can be found in four categories: conceptual physics, algebra-based physics, AP physics, and K-8 physical sciences.

Oceans Alive
Oceans Alive explores the mountains, abysses, and other physical features of the ocean floor, as well as the movement of the continents, the water cycle, the four oceans, waves and wind, currents, tides, marine life near the surface, and more.

Nutrition and Physical Activity
Nutrition and Physical Activity focuses on physical activity and good nutrition. Examine the new food pyramid. Learn about body mass, bone health, cancer, dietary guidelines, fruits and vegetables and weight management. Sponsored by the CDC

The Robotics Alliance Project
NASA Robotics invites students and teachers to start robotics teams, Botball teams, and enter robotics competitions. Take online courses in robotics. Find lessons for teaching robotics and related topics

Digital Library for Earth System Education
The Digital Library for Earth System Education presents thousands of reviewed resources on atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, climatology, cryology, ecology,environmental science, forestry, geography, geology, mineralogy and more.

National Geographic Explorer Magazine
The on-line version of the popular National Geographic magazine for kids.

Bone Biology for Kids
This is an educational site for middle school students. It is intended to contain information about bones, the skeleton, bone health and other aspects of bone biology. The material will be a resource that can be used by health, biology and science teachers.

CHEM 4 Kids
Basic chemistry for kids

AIMS: Activities Integrating Mathematics & Science
AIMS Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching teaching and learning

SCORE Science
Connecting online resources to California science standards

Jason Foundation for Education
Real science & math. Real time. Real learning.



 

Field Trips

 

Childrens Discovery Museum
150 interactive exhibits lead visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world in which they live

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco's newest aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and rain forest all rolled into one visit

Exploratorium
The museum of science, art, and human perception

Lawrence Hall of Science
Hands-on exhibits, school programs, teacher workshops, publications, and products

Oakland Museum of California
Art, history, and natural sciences of California

The Tech Museum of Innovation
Technology and science museum filled with exhibits, hands-on experiences, and offering school programs

Camp SEA Lab Montery Bay
Camp SEA Lab is a marine science camp adventure for youth ages 8-13

Lawrence Hall of Science Summer Camps
Half-day, full-day, and residential science camps

Sally Ride Science Camps
Science, math, technology...Girl stuff!

Chabot Space and Science Center
Virtual science center, Tien Megadome Theater, youth, and school programs

Morrison Planetarium
California Academy of Sciences planetarium

NASA Ames Office of Education
Field trips, events, libraries, products

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Aquarium, special events, family activities, and school programs

Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory has an aquarium and K-12 learning programs

Ano Nuevo State Park
Elephant seals, birds, land animals, geology and more at this California State Park on the North coast of Santa Cruz County

Elkhorn Slough Safari
One of the largest wetlands in California and part of a National Estuarine Reserve

Los Angeles Zoo
Zoo and botanical gardens

Oakland Zoo
The Oakland Zoo is in Knowland Park

San Diego Zoo
Zoo and wild animal park

San Francisco Zoo
Lemur exhibit, lion cubs, penguin island and more



 

Project Ideas

 

Agriculture Is a Science...
Agricultural science project ideas

The Archimedes Initiative
This is a wonderful, free resource for everyone associated with science fairs, especially students getting started with their projects. It can be used in the classroom, at a workshop, but especially by students anywhere!

Energy Quest
Wind, electriciy, transportation energy, and chemical/stored energy projects

The Franklin Institute Online
Project ideas organized by subject and grade span for students in grades K-8

Fun-Science-Project-Ideas
Outstanding project ideas from a veteran Middle School Science Teacher

The Math Forum @ Drexel
Math ideas for science fair projects

Reekos Mad Scientist Lab
More experiments sorted by category

Science & Engineering Fair Central
Discovery Channel science fair studio, and project ideas

Science News for Kids: Science & Engineering Fair Project Ideas

Solar Power for Kids
The following guide details dozens of fun ideas that teach kids about solar power, including sample projects to do at home and camps offering fun activities that involve solar energy, as well as educational resources for parents and teachers and kid-friendly websites that enlighten kids for a solar-powered future.

Teachers Try Science
Experiments sorted by subject category

Zoomsci
Mix hot science with your cool ideas!

Science Buddies
Science Buddies provides free online resources that help K-12 students do better science fair projects. The Topic Selection Wizard is an interactive tool that helps students narrow down their interests and choose a topic for their project. The Topic Selection Wizard offers a large online library of project ideas. Science Buddies also offers Ask an Expert, an online forum in which students can ask questions about their projects and get answers from scientists and engineers who volunteer as e-mentors. Science Buddies also maintains a set of teacher resources for science fair planning and a comprehensive, step-by-step, science fair project help guide designed to help novice and experienced students alike on their science fair projects.

Looking for a topic for your science project? Check out the Discovery Channel Young Scientists Challenge list.

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program: For Kids Only Science & Engineering Fair Project Ideas
Science fair ideas from the United States Geological Society



 

Resources Designed Especially for Young People

 

National Geographic Education Network Newsletter
An online newsletter from National Geographic with resources for students and teachers.

EPA Student Center
A student and teacher resource center designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

FirstGov for Kids
Learn about rockets, weather, the human body, outer space, science fair projects ideas and much more through these great links.

Beakman's Electric Motor
A student created web page with information about making a simple electric motor that teaches young children about electricity.



 

Science Fairs

 

CA State Science & Engineering Fair
The final science fair of the academic year for students in grades 6-12

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Agricultural Ideas for Science & Engineering Fair Projects
Botany, chemistry, environmental science, microbiology, medicine and health and zoology project ideas.

Reekos Mad Scientist Lab
Experiments are sorted by category and broken down by skill level.

Science & Engineering Fair Central
Discovery Channel present Science & Engineering Fair Central, Science & Engineering Fair Studio, and science for fun.

Neuroscience for Kids: Successful Science & Engineering Fair Projects
Science fair project tips from a science teacher, former science fair organizer, judge, and parent.

KidSpace @ the Internet Public Library
IPL guides you to a variety of web site resources.

The WWW Virtual Library: Science Fairs
State, national, international science fairs.

Science Buddies
Science Buddies provides free online resources that help K-12 students do better science fair projects. The Topic Selection Wizard is an interactive tool that helps students narrow down their interests and choose a topic for their project. The Topic Selection Wizard offers a large online library of project ideas. Science Buddies also offers Ask an Expert, an online forum in which students can ask questions about their projects and get answers from scientists and engineers who volunteer as e-mentors. Science Buddies also maintains a set of teacher resources for science fair planning and a comprehensive, step-by-step, science fair project help guide designed to help novice and experienced students alike on their science fair projects.

Solar Energy Fair Projects
Solar energy science fair project ideas.



 

Science Fairs Around the World

 

National Taiwan Science Education Center
Science and Engineering Fair of the Republic of China

The Israeli Young Scientists Contest
The Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem sponsors the Young Scientist Contest and International Science and Engineering Fair team.

Federazione delle Associazioni Scientifiche e Techniche
I Giovani e le Scienze

The Republican Scientific-Practical Centre "DARYN"
Kazakhstan: One of the priorities of the national educational model formation is training of intellectual elite, the young people capable to hold key-positions in the management of state affairs, economy, science, culture and art.

Science and Technology Expo
Science & Engineering Fair of Pretoria, South Africa

The British Association Science & Engineering Fair
BA is a UK-wide organization dedicated to connecting science with people.

Young Engineers: Talent - Skills - Enterprise
Our purpose is to inspire young people to recognize the importance and excitement of a career in engineering.

The Royal Society of New Zealand
The Royal Society of New Zealand promotes excellence in science and technology.

Science and Technology Fair, London, England
London District Science and Technology Fair.

Canada Wide Science & Engineering Fair
Canadian Science & Engineering Fair.



 

Space and Planetary Science

 

ASPIRE: Astrophysics Science Project
The ASPIRE Lab is now one of the most innovative and interactive science education websites available on the Internet. You will find not only fun interactive labs, but well designed and produced curriculum content, created by teachers for teachers.

Science@N.A.S.A.
Here you can play, learn and explore the world around you. NASA brings you an exciting way to look at our Sun and Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond.

Amazing Space
The Formal Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach promotes the science and majestic beauty of the universe for use in the classroom.

California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco's newest aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and rain forest all rolled into one visit

The Nine Planets
A Virtual tour of the solar system

Explore Mars
N.A.S.A. Mars exploration program

Moon Mars
The N.A.S.A. vision for space exploration.

Science @ N.A.S.A.
Space news and science stories

SCIPP Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
SCIPP workshops, events, student work and outreach for schools

Ames Research Center
NASA announcements, aerospace, computing, space

Science, Optics & You
Molecular Expressions presents interactive lessons, tutorials, history of optics, and activities

Morrison Planetarium
Show times, special events, the sky this month, kid space, and space links

N.A.S.A. Earth Observatory
Satellite photography of the atmosphere, oceans, energy, and life

N.A.S.A.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration web site for kids, students, and educators

N.A.S.A. Quest
Meet the people of NASA. NASA Quest is a rich resource for kids, educators and space enthusiasts.



 

Student Opportunities

 

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Grants and fellowships for K-16 students and teachers

International High School Journal of Science
International High School Journal of Science(IHSSJ) is dedicated to publishing original innovative research work done by High School Students. Students can submit a 1000-word research report based on their project work, and it will be reviewed by an editorial board consisting of High school science teachers, University professors and Researchers working in R&D divisions of companies and in Government labs. Selected projects will be published in future editions of the magazine.

N.O.A.A. Education Specially for Students
Lessons, activities, and learning opportunities

 

Supplies Online

 

Showboard
Purchase affordable 3-panel display boards and other science fair products online.

American Science & Surplus
Electronics, optics, motors, blowers, pumps, lab supplies

Indigo Instruments
Glassware, magnets, magnifiers, molecular models, tools, and lab supplies

eNasco On-line Catalog
Educational materials, arts, crafts, farm and ranch supplies, health care and health education materials

Schoolmasters Science
Science equipment and supplies for school and home

Snack Supplies
Hard to get items, books and print materials of collected resources recommended by the Exploratorium

Steve Spangler Science
Science supplies, kits, teacher workshop materials, science toys, science projects

Acorn Naturalist Online Store
Resources for the trail and classroom



 

Teacher Resources

 

California Department of Education California Department of Education web site and resources for teachers, administrators, and the general public. Search curriculum, assessment, programs and more...

JASON Expedition: Mysteries of Earth and Mars: Online Correlator Tool
His JASON Online Correlator Tool allows you to generate customized reports of correlations of the JASON Expeditions: Mysteries of Earth and Mars print, video, and digital lab resources with national and state education standards.

CREEC: California Regional Environmental Education Community
The best source for Environmental Education resources in California

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Credential look-up and renewal, application and credential online search

Science Service
Science Service is your connection to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge. Get the complete guide to International Pre-collegiate scientific, mathematics, and engineering enrichment programs.

TeachEngineering
TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers



 

U.S.A. State Science Fairs

 

Alabama Science and Engineering Fair

Alaska Science & Engineering Fair

California State Science & Engineering Fair

Central Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair

Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair

Delaware Valley Science Fairs

Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit, Michigan

Iowa State Science and Technology Fair

Kansas Science & Engineering Fair

Maine State Science & Engineering Fair

Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair

Greater Nebraska Science and Engineering Fair

Western Nevada Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Coriell Institute Science & Engineering Fair, New Jersey

New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair

North Carolina Science & Engineering Fair

North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair

Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Southern Utah State Science and Engineering Fair

Vermont State Science and Math Fair

Washington State Science and Engineering Fair

The Badger State Science and Engineering Fair, Wisconsin

Wyoming State Science & Engineering Fair



 

Zoos

 

The Crocodile Hunter: Australia Zoo
Australia Zoo, conservation projects, FAQs, snapshots

Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lincoln Park Zoo is located in Chicago, Illinois: check out special features and meet the animals

San Diego Zoo
Enjoy the panda cam and animal bytes

San Francisco Zoo
Check out zoo news, featured exhibits, and special events

 

 

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Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair!

Dear Science & Engineering Fair Teacher / Coordinator:

Welcome to the Santa Cruz Science & Engineering Fair, and remember to mark your calendars! 

The Santa Cruz Science & Engineering Fair is March 14, 2020, and the Awards Ceremony is date TBD!

On this website, you will find the Science & Engineering Fair Guide and the forms required for participation in the Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair. All forms will be completed directly through this website. Science & Engineering Fair Guides may be downloaded and copied. Please pass this information on to interested students, parents, and teachers.

School registration is currently open. The deadline to complete the School Registration Form is November 18, 2019. Once your school has completed its' science fair, use the School Roster Form to enter the official names of the students that will represent your school. Remember, students must still complete registration to officially enter the Santa Cruz Science & Engineering Fair. Student registration closes on February 7th, 2020.

Access the Student Guide here.

Use the Certificate of Compliance for special projects only. Refer to the chart below to determine if a project needs a Certificate of Compliance.  Project advisors or teachers must sign the certificate to certify that the experimental procedure used in special projects complies with regulations.

Some projects in Grades 6-12 need Scientific Review Committee (SRC) approval before experimentation. Please use the chart below to determine if your project needs approval before you begin your experiment. 

If the chart indicates you need SRC approval, click "Create Account" above and follow the prompts to register. The site will automatically generate the forms you need to complete.

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Each student must submit a permission form with registration materials before registration closes.  All forms must be completed on this website by 5:00 PM on February 7th, 2020. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Sincerely,

Jennifer McRae, Science & Engineering Fair Coordinator
Santa Cruz County Office of Education
400 Encinal Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 466-5727
Fax: (831) 466-5846

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Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair!

Dear Science & Engineering Fair Judge:

Please "Create Account" above and follow the prompts.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Poly would like to thank you and welcome you to the Santa Cruz Science & Engineering Fair. Please note that the Santa Cruz Science & Engineering Fair is Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 9507, CA 95060.

Judges may preview projects from 5:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. on March 13th or from 8:00a.m. - 8:30a.m. on Saturday March 14th. (Previewing is encouraged but optional.) All judges must report to the judges' tent area for orientation at 8:00 a.m. Please see the Judges Guide linked below for more detailed information.


Science Fair Judges Guide 2020


Interviews and Judging:

  • Primary (K-3) & Junior (6-8) from 9:00a.m. - 10:30a.m.
  • Elementary (4-5) & Senior (9-12) 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Final deliberations follow lunch. Most judges complete their duties by mid-afternoon. However, all judging closes at 5:00p.m.
  • We will serve continental breakfast and lunch. Look for detailed schedules and instructions within the guide

We appreciate your contribution and want to thank you for your commitment as a science fair judge. Please encourage your colleagues to join us. Please contact us if you need more information.

Sincerely,

Jennifer McRae,  Science & Engineering Fair Director
Santa Cruz County Office of Education,
400 Encinal Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 466-5727
jmcrae@santacruzcoe.org

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