A Progressive Science Competition for Grades 7 - 12
The Golden Gate STEM Fair (GGSF) is a new nonprofit organization that has replaced the previously active San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. GGSF operates as a part of an extended science competition pathway that begins with science fairs at individual junior and senior high schools. Top placing students’ projects at those schools move ahead sequentially to city, county and eventually the regional GGSF. Winners from the GGSF are eligible to compete at either the California State Science Fair or the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Almost 50,000 seventh through twelfth grade students from six San Francisco Bay Area counties participate in this progressive competition, 300 of those students compete at GGSF.
The Golden Gate STEM Fair currently serves the following counties: San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, West Contra Costa, and Mendocino Counties.
GGSF is not simply a competition, but a science celebration that recognizes projects completed by our community's bright and curious young minds. We provide all entrants an equal opportunity to excel based solely upon their thorough scientific research.
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GGSF Needs your help!
To hold the 2018 Science Fair and send our top placing students to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair, we need to raise $60,000. We are thrilled to have the generous support from StudioInfinity in the form of a $30,000 challenge grant! To receive this gift, we have to match this amount. Your contribution means more than ever now, since every dollar you contribute will doubled by the generous grant from Studio Infinity. Please go to our Donation Page to support our bright young scientists today.
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News for 2018
Crucial Dates & Information for the 2018 Golden Gate STEM Fair (Previously the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair)
February 1 Deadline for receipt of initial papers by the Scientific Review Committee for projects involving invertebrate or vertebrate animals, human subjects, recombinant DNA, tissue, pathogenic agents, or controlled substances. These papers should be filed even though students may not yet know if they are participating in GGSF and even if their projects only involve observation or surveys. The necessary guidelines, proposal forms, and informed consent forms are available for download at the Paperwork page. The Scientific Review Committee would prefer to screen extra projects instead of disqualifying projects that have not filed papers. Projects that do not have the appropriate papers may be disqualified by the SRC.
March 5 Deadline for online registration for all students who are participating in the fair. Exceptions to this include students whose local science fair occurred after this date. In this case, prior arrangements should be made by the local fair personnel with GGSF.
March 19 Monday: Projects may be installed from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Students must report to the registration desk to receive final registration materials and to have their exhibiting space assigned. All project installations must be complete by 9:00 pm. Projects may be installed by someone other than the registered student exhibitor. Parents, teachers, friends, or siblings may do the installation. The Golden Gate STEM Fair takes place at the San Francisco County Fair Building at 9th and Lincoln in Golden Gate Park. A Google map search of “San Francisco County Fair Building” will display the location.
March 20 Tuesday: The Science Fair is open to the public from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
March 21 Wednesday: Projects will be judged from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. All students should plan on being at their projects from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Yes, that might mean they miss school for the afternoon. They should check in at the registration desk upon arrival. Students being considered for a 1st or 2nd place award will be scheduled for an interview and will find their names posted at the registration desk. Parents who are in attendance can make an extremely important contribution to the experiences of students at the fair if they visit with exhibitors and talk to them about their projects.
Sometime before 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 21, all award winners will be notified. Those receiving 1st or 2nd place awards will have been interviewed. Those students receiving 3rd place or special awards will find their names on a list at the registration desk. Students who have received an interview, or 3rd Place or Special Awards, should attend the Awards Ceremony where 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place and Special Awards winners will be recognized. 4th place ribbons will have been placed on the appropriate projects by this time. Exhibitors should take home log books and all loose and/or valuable equipment or materials before they leave at the end of the day. Ribbons should be left in place until the project is removed.
March 22 Thursday: Projects may be viewed by the public on this date from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm; however, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will not yet be posted.
March 22 Thursday evening: The awards ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm. Projects must be removed after the awards ceremony is completed; however, they may not be removed until after the ceremony. The exhibit area will be closed until that time. Unclaimed projects may have to be destroyed if storage is not available.
Marcus Wojtkowiak, Randall Museum Science Program Coordinator and SF Middle School Science Fair Coordinator, has assumed the role as Executive Director and is in the process of rebuilding the team. Bob Fabini will continue to be the GGSF Assistant Director to ensure that future operations run smoothly in this transition. There are plans in place to not only reinstate the Bay Area Science Fair for 2018, but to expand the Science Fair festival to celebrate our young scientists’ work and showcase contemporary technology and research.
We have created a new Board of Directors, but we still could use help from the Bay Area science community in the rebuilding effort. If you or any colleague is interested in joining the GGSF operating committee, if you can help facilitate financial support, or if you just want to offer your time as a part of the team, please contact Marcus at marcus.wojtkowiak at gmail.com. The SFBASF has had a positive impact on hundreds of students every year and thousands of students compete in their local areas in order to participate in it. Please help us continue to encourage science learning and enable career paths for our diverse community of future scientists.
Marcus Wojtkowiak, Executive Director, GGSF
Bob Fabini, Assistant Director, GGSF