Awards & Prizes

Grand Prize Awards

Grand Prize Awards

Three grand prize awards are given to the most competitive Category Award winner projects in the High School Competing Division. Three Grand Prize winners will be selected to take an all-expense paid trip to advance to c ompete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair to be held in May. Check out where the Regeneron ISEF will be hosted this year at:

Category Awards

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each of the seven categories in the High School Competing Division. First, second, third, fourth, and fifth place prizes will be awarded in each of the seven categories in the Middle School Competing Division. 

The STEM areas eligible for category award include: 
Applied Engineering
Behavioral & Social Sciences
Biology & Health Sciences
Computer Software & Technology
Physical Sciences & Math
Sustainable Technology

California State Science Fair Awards

First place winners in each STEM Fair category in the Competing Division will qualify to participating in the California State Science Fair. Second place winners in each STEM Fair category in the Competing Division will qualify as alternates for the California State Science Fair. 

*Note: Students from Butte, Plumas, San Joaquin, Shasta, and Solano counties are NOT eligible to advance to the California State Science Fair through Sacramento Regional STEM Fair. 

Broadcom MASTERS Awards

First place award recipients in the Middle School Competing Division will be nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition. 

Participation Awards

All participants in the Fair receive a certificate of participation, a commemorative bag, and a pin. Other items and mementos may be handed out as well. 

Special Awards

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. Below is a list of our typical Special Awards Sponsors.

Thank you to our Special Awards sponsors!

American Meteorological Society
 American Psychological Association
 American Public Works Association
 ASM Materials Education Foundation
 Association for Women Geoscientists
California Air Resources Board
 California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS)
 California Department of Water Resources
 California Biomedical Research
 GENIUS Olympiad
 Intel Excellence in Computer Science

 MU Alpha Theta
 National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
 Office of Naval Research (US Navy/US Marine Corps)
 Professional Engineers in California Government
 Ramesh Innovation
 RICOH Americas Corporation
 Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Sac YMF)
SMUD Energy Award
 Society for In Vitro Biology
 Stockholm Junior Water Prize
 US Public Health Service
Yale Science & Engineering Associatio

The Sacramento STEM Fair appreciates the continued support and dedication from all of it’s Special Awards providers! We appreciate your shared enthusiasm about students who are excelling and creating new STEM resolutions to real-world problems.
If you would like to provide a Special Award
for the 2021 Sacramento STEM Fair, please sign up below!

Special Awards Sign Up

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For additional information contact Nadia Compton, Director at (916) 441-3150 or