Sacramento Regional

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Fair



19th Annual Regional STEM Fair

The Sacramento Regional STEM Fair is a 12-county science, technology, engineering, and math competition for students in grades 6-12. Students in grades 5-11 can participate in a non-judged showcase division. We encourage students of all ages to attend our Fair as an educational field trip - not only can they learn from their peers about a multitude of STEM projects, but they can also visit the College & Career Expo to find out more about career pathways into STEM.


Our Fair accepts participants in the following counties: Amador, Butte*, El Dorado, Placer, Plumas*, San Joaquin*, Sacramento, Shasta*, Solano*, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba.

*Students competing from these counties will NOT be eligible to continue on to the California State Science Fair.

Who Can Enter


Our Fair is split into three divisions, two competitive and one showcase:

1. The Competition Division is judged competitively. Students in grades 9 through 12** (High School subdivision) and grades 6 through 8 (Middle School subdivision) are eligible.

2. The Showcase Division is our novice, showcase only (non-competitive/non-judged) division. Students in grades 5-11 are eligible.

**The Sacramento Regional STEM Fair high school division complies with the Regeneron ISEF Rules for Pre-College Science Research.


Other Rules

All students are allowed to participate as individuals or teams, with a maximum of three students per team.

No student may enter under more than one team.

Adult supervision during any potentially harmful experimentation is required of all students.

Participating Counties


The Sacramento Regional STEM Fair is a regional scientific, technological, engineering and mathematics fair for Northern California, we accept participants from the following counties:

*Students competing from these counties will NOT be eligible to continue on to the California State Science Fair.


Projects from outside the listed counties are accepted only IF an Intel ISEF-affiliated fair is not available for them to participate in their area.  Any teacher, parent or student from outside the region interested in participating in the Fair must contact the staff for additional information.


Students can be enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home school - and do NOT need to enter a school project, with their class, or under the guidance of a teacher.



El Dorado




San Joaquin*






How to Participate



  • Students can participate in the Sacramento Regional STEM Fair by entering their STEM project into either the competition or showcase categories. Students may also volunteer.


  • Teachers are invited to participate in a multitude of ways:
    • may integrate creation of STEM projects in the classroom and encourage their students to enter the Fair.
    • may organize a class or school-wide field trip to the College & Career Expo held in tandem with the Sacramento Regional STEM Fair.
    • may attend the professional development workshops in the morning on the day of the Fair.
    • may sign up as general volunteers for the event.


  • Parents are invited to support their students & attend workshops as well as the College & Career Expo. Parents are also encouraged to sign up as general volunteers.


  • STEM professionals are encouraged to sign up as volunteer judges!


  • The Community is invited to the public hours to view the STEM projects students have completed and attend the College & Career Expo.


  • Local Colleges, Businesses and Organizations are encouraged to sign up for the College & Career Expo to showcase your degrees, programs and opportunities!

Looking for specific information?

Click on any one of the buttons below that applies to you - or even click on all of them and peruse the pages to make sure you know all about the STEM Fair!

2021 Event



Our 2021 event will be completely virtual!

We are excited to host our first ever virtual event, while also knowing that we are keeping you safe!



Tentative Fair Schedule



What to Expect the Day of the Event

The day of the STEM fair is always exciting! We have so many different activities for all attendees, parents included, to participate in! The times of the programming are subject to change, but the main features of our Fair are the following:

Morning Activities

  • Student Orientation
  • College Admission Workshop
  • Professional Development Workshop
  • Other Workshops
  • Judging of STEM Projects


  • Free Lunch for Participants


  • Food Trucks may be on site

Afternoon Activities

  • Student Projects Open to the Public
  • College & Career Expo
  • Financial Planning Workshop
  • Awards Ceremony

As the day of the Fair approaches, check back in to get an hourly break down of activities.

With the ever changing climate of 2020, the 2021 STEM Fair planning is taking every precaution to ensure that our 2021 event goes off without a hitch!


Please bear with us as we develop and detail the plans for our 2021 event!


Details are to be released in early 2021.


Thank you!

STEM Fair 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.



The list of the past Sacramento Regional STEM Fair Award Winners is available and can be downloaded using the links to the right, just look for your year!








2019 Winners List








2019 Special Awards Winners List








2021 Category & Special Award

Winners List








2018 Winners List








2018 Special Awards Winners List


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