We are so excited that you are interested in joining us for the Sacramento Regional STEM Fair.
Before you Begin!
Make sure to complete some of the following items BEFORE you begin registration.
1st Determine if you want to compete for awards and prizes or if you would like to exhibit only!
(Grades 6-8 Eligible)
High School - Students in grades 9-12
Middle School - Students in grades 6-8
Students in grades 5-11
(Grades 5-11 Eligible)
6th Check your Emails!
If you didn't catch your Regional STEM Fair ID Number during registration, you will receive a notification email with it listed.
BE SURE TO WRITE YOUR REGIONAL STEM FAIR ID NUMBER (or numbers if you're on a team) ON THE BACK OF YOUR PROJECT BOARD.
Be sure to check your SPAM folders for our emails as we will let you know if your registration is missing anything up until the event!
2nd Make sure that you can enter the Fair and that your schedule is clear for the entire day of the Event!
3rd Decide on your topic and develop your experiment or design.
DON'T START EXPERIMENTING YET!!
Remember your registration needs to be completed PRIOR to your experimentation.
Complete the necessary items in order to make registration easier.
5th YOU'RE READY!
Begin registration using the buttons below.
Make sure you take note of your Regional STEM Fair ID Number!
Your Regional STEM Fair ID Number will be used to identify your project and
MUST be on the back of your Display Board.
(Grades 9-12 Eligible)
Display Guidelines & Resources to Start your STEM Project
Experiment & Display Guidelines
MAXIMUM SIZE OF PROJECT
Depth (front to back): 30 inches or 76 centimeters
Width (side to side): 48 inches or 122 centimeters
Height (floor to top): 108 inches or 274 centimeters
SUGGESTED PROJECT BOARD STYLE:
Items not Allowed at Your Display
Sites to Help with Getting Started
1. Internet Public Library – Science Fair Project Guide - A resource guide providing a variety of excellent web resources. (www.ipl.org/div/projectguide)
2. Sparticl - A new web and mobile service for teens that collects the best internet resources in STEM. (www.sparticl.org)
Sites to Help with Research
3. Mosaic - An online archive of articles published in the National Science Foundation's flagship magazine from 1970 to 1992. A background resource for students, teachers, and others in need of a reliable reference for current research. (www.mosaicscience.com)
4. The National Science Digital Library - An online library for those interested in education and research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (www.nsdl.org)
Sites to Help with your Project Board
5. www.OWLPAKS.com - This is where you can get ALL of your supplies to create your project board for the STEM Fair! Just go to www.owlpaks.com/kit and enter the Synopsys Sac STEM Fair code # 314159 and order away! It's as easy as pi!
6. Code.org - This website has helpful tutorials on the basis of computer science, coding and programming. It even lets you learn coding with simple building blocks while playing your favorite games like "Angry Birds"! (www.Code.org)
7. Science News for Students! Pretty self-explanatory, but this news site can help you see what real world problem professional scientists and engineers are tackling - maybe you have a better solution? (Student.societyforscience.org/sciencenews-students)
Remember: You will begin with a short 2-3 minute presentation about your project BEFORE the judges ask you any questions. Here are some tips:
Please dress your best, there will be pictures taken!
Business casual attire is suggested.
Interview Judging Criteria
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Project Interview Tips
The categories listed below are those that will be used at the Sacramento Regional STEM Fair. Many projects could easily fit into more than one category. We highly recommend that you review the entire listing of the categories before choosing a category that most accurately describes your project. Category judges are experts in their assigned field. These categories are judged based on either a Scientific Process or Engineering Design Process rubric. Please see below for information regarding your specific category:
Note: Students are able to change their selected category up until 2 weeks prior to the scheduled STEM Fair. Students are NOT able to change categories on-site.
You can also view the Intel ISEF Categories here.
Remember: Once you have your idea, please ensure you will be following the Rules & Guidelines. Be sure to read the Student Handbook for help with the Scientific Method! Begin the electronic registration, using the Registration Guide to help you.
Suggested Project Timeline
Scientific Process Categories:
Engineering Design Process Categories:
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:
As the day of the Fair approaches, check back in to get an hourly break down of activities.
Grand Prize Awards
Three Grand Prize Awards are given to the most competitive Category Award winner projects in the High School Division. Three Grand Prize winners will be selected to take an all-expenses-paid trip to advance to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair to be held in May. Check out where the Intel ISEF will be hosted this year at: student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef.
Only projects submitted in the Competition Division will be awarded. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each of seven categories in the High School Division. First, second, third, fourth and fifth place prizes will be awarded in each of seven categories in the Middle School Division.
All projects are consolidated into 7 eligible STEM areas for the category awards that include:
California State Science Fair Awards
First place winners in each category in the High School & Middle School Divisions will qualify to participate in the California State Science Fair. Second place winners in each category in the High School and Middle School Division will be selected as alternates for the California State Science Fair.
*Note: Students from Butte, Placer, San Joaquin, and Solano counties are NOT eligible to advance to the California State Science Fair through Sacramento Regional STEM Fair.
Broadcom MASTERS Awards
Middle School Competition Division award recipients will be nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition dependent upon Broadcom's parameters.
All participants in the Fair receive a certificate of participation and a commemorative pin. Other items and mementos may be handed out as well.
A number of individuals, companies and organizations provide special awards for projects that meet specific criteria. Last year, over 30 special awards were given out. To see a list of our typical Special Award Sponsors, click here.
Pin Design Contest
How to Enter
Do you consider yourself somewhat of an artist? If so, we want you to help us design our 2019 STEM Fair pin! Each year, the NorCal STEM Education Foundation provides pins to participants at the Sacramento Regional STEM Fair to commemorate the event. These pins travel with the winners who go on to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and are traded among competitors from all over the world! Imagine YOUR design traveling to Europe, Asia, even Australia!
The contestants for the Pin Design Competition will be featured on-site at the 2018 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair and the winner will be named at the Awards Ceremony.
Rules to Enter
All designs should be scalable (submitted in EPS format) and visually appealing when reduced to 1 ½ x 1 ½ inches. Designs will be displayed in color in two sizes for voting. Designs will be displayed on one side of one 8 ½ by 11-inch piece of paper. Designs will be shown in a print area of 4x6 and a pin preview thumbnail of 1 ½ by 1 ½ inches. Winning pins will be manufactured no larger than 1 ½ x 1 ½ inches. Pin designs should state "2019" and "Sacramento Regional STEM Fair." The chosen pin is subject to change to reflect the name of the 2019 Fair.
Individual submissions only. Contest is limited to students in grades 5-12 that reside in the NorCal STEM Education Foundation's service area.
Rules & Regulations
For a detailed look at all rules and regulations that apply for the Pin Design Contest: look here!
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