1. Students must be present at their displays during scheduled interviews to be eligible for awards.
2. Students' original laboratory notebook must be present for judging.
3. Project displays must adhere to Santa Cruz County, state, federal laws for public safety.
Projects must sustain their own weight.
4. No hazardous materials may be exhibited at the project display. This includes, but is not limited to acids, unsecured glassware, mercury (including glass thermometers), hazardous microbes,
carcinogenic, and radioactive material, open flames and unsealed food which may attract pests.
5. Displays may not contain any living organism including all animals, plants, and studied collections of microscopic life forms such as bacteria, fungi, and molds. The display of preserved animals is not permitted. Projects may not display photographs
of procedures detrimental to the health and well being of vertebrate animals. Photographs of surgical procedures may not be exhibited.
6. No electrical power will be provided. No gas or water outlets are provided.
7. All projects must clearly distinguish between the work of the student participant and the work of others. Students participating in a research opportunity in industry, a university, hospital or institution other
than their school must display only their research. Students must clearly specify the assistance received and the role and contributions of others in the project. It is required that such projects be accompanied by a letter from the principal research director indicating the level of his/her involvement in the student project. This letter should be included in the project notes.
Determine the best way to display your project within the limitations of space and permissible materials allowed for display. Whenever possible use photographs and illustrations to graphically display the most meaningful parts of your science fair project.
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.
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 Seagate Technology, SCCSF sponsors the Santa Cruz International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and California State Science Fair (CSSF) teams.
There will be no physical fair due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
There will be no physical fair due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Santa Cruz County Science & Engineering Fair
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds – Harvest Building
Students - What to Expect At the Fair
Project Setup Day - Friday, March 13th, 2020 (5-7:30 pm)
Judging Day - Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Grades K-3 & 6-8 Judging @ 9-10:30 am
Grades 4-5 & 9-12 Judging @ 11-1:00 pm
- Everyone is expected to set up your display sometime between 5 pm and 7:30 pm on Friday, March 13. Please make arrangements with a teacher or another parent if you are unable to make it and have them set up the project for you.
- Grades K-3 & 6-8 students are expected to arrive for judging by 8:45 am on Saturday, March 14 to be ready for a prompt start of judging at 9 am. Judging will go from 9-10:30 am. Students remain at their projects the entire judging session. Only students are allowed in the building at this time. Please don’t arrive too early. The doors to the Harvest Building won’t be open until 8:45 am. Parents need to leave the building at 9 am to ensure ample time for judges’ interviews.
- Grades 4-5 & 6-12 students are expected to arrive for judging by 10:45 am on Saturday, March 14 to be ready for a prompt start of judging at 11 am. Judging will go from 11 am-1:00 pm. Students remain at their projects the entire judging session. Only students are allowed in the building at this time. Please don’t arrive too early. The doors to the Harvest Building won’t be open until 10:45 am. Parents need to leave the building at 11 am to ensure ample time for judges’ interviews.
- Judges will come to speak with you one at a time or in pairs. Most Judges represent Category Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Project of Merit), some are looking for Special Award recipients, and others are Interviewers who will give you feedback on your project… ALL are really important. There may be periods of time when no one is there judging your project. So if you’d like, bring a favorite book while sitting quietly.
- ALL projects will be open to public viewing between 5-7:00 pm. Please do not take your project until after public viewing is complete. Project Pickup is from 7-9 pm on Saturday night. Students are not required to remain at their project for public viewing and are encouraged to review other students’ projects. If you are unable to pick up your project, it will be delivered to the County Office of Education, 400 Encinal St., Santa Cruz, CA. You will be able to pick it up beginning on Wed., Mar. 18.
- Award Winning Projects will be marked after judging is complete, and in time for public viewing of projects. Names of Award Winners will be posted online the Wednesday after the fair.
- Bring bottled waters. You can bring a small snack too if you think you’ll be hungry, but keep your project area tidy. (No food will be sold or available at the Fair).
- Dress for success. You are encouraged to dress as neatly and professionally as possible
Study of animals and animal life, including their structure, function, life history, interactions, classification, and evolution.
Behavioral and Social Sciences
The science or study of the thought processes and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment studied through observational and experimental methods.
The study of chemical substances, interactions, and processes relevant to living organisms.
Cellular and Molecular Biology
The study of the structure and formation of cells.
The science of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter.
The study of information processes, the structures and procedures that represent processes, and their implementation in information processing systems. It includes systems analysis and design, application and system software design, programming, and datacenter operations.
Earth and Planetary Science
The study of sciences related to the planet Earth (Geology, minerology, physiography, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, speleology, sesismology, geography, atmospheric sciences, etc.)
Energy and Transportation
The study of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, clean transport, and alternative fuels.
Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical
The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, processes, and systems.
Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering
The application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical machines and systems.
The application of engineering principals to solve practical problems of managing mans' interaction with the environment with the goal to maintain and improve the state of an environmental resource affected by human activities.
The analysis of existing conditions of the environment.
Creation of a unique invention.
The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. The deductive study of numbers, geometry, and various abstract constructs, or structures.
Medicine and Health Sciences
The science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind.
The study of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and pathogens.
Physics and Astronomy
Physics is the science of matter and energy and of interactions between the two. Astronomy is the study of anything in the universe beyond the Earth.
Study of plant life, including their structure and function, life history, growth, interactions with other plants and animals, classification, and evolution.
Senior (grades 9-12) across all categories
Special Awards Category will hold judges, but projects will stay in specific categories