San Francisco


Bay Area Science Fair

Welcome, to the 2017 SFBASF. The fair will be held March 27-30, 2017.

Registration Information

An Important Message

For Science Fair Exhibitors and Parents

February 1, 2017

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 SFBASF and even if their projects only involve observation or surveys.  The Scientific Review Committee would prefer to screen extra projects instead of disqualifying projects that have not filed papers.   The SRC Guidelines, SRC Proposal Forms, and Informed Consent Forms are available on the Paperwork page.

March 16 2017

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 SFBASF.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Projects may be installed from 12:00 am 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 if necessary. The San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair takes place at the San Francisco County Fair Building at 9th and Lincoln in Golden Gate Park.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Projects may be viewed by the public on this day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 

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, this means they must miss school Wednesday afternoon—but it’s for a good cause. When students arrive, they will see two lists being projected in the central area of the display hall. Students being considered for a 1st or 2nd place award will be scheduled for an interview and will find their names posted on the interview list. Students who will be receiving a 3rd place or a Special Award will find their names posted on the other list. These lists are updated frequently throughout the afternoon. The updating is usually completed by 2:00 pm for interviews, and 3:00 pm for 3rds and Specials. We will announce when both lists are complete.

Please do not leave before this notification. This is how students know whether they should attend the awards ceremony. 4th place winners are not required to attend the awards ceremony. At the end of the day students 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 on Thursday.

Parents can make an extremely important contribution to the experiences of students at the fair if they attend at this time to talk with exhibitors about their projects. Suggested questions for the exhibitors are available at the registration desk for tongue-tied parents.

We suggest that on Wednesday you bring a snack and a book to read. If you are fortunate enough to get an interview, you might have to wait a couple of hours, and you will be glad to have them.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Projects may be viewed by the public on this date from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; however, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will not yet be posted.

The awards ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. The awards ceremony usually ends at around 8:30 pm. Projects may be removed only after the awards ceremony is completed. The exhibit area will be closed during the awards ceremony while ribbons are being placed on projects. Please do not attempt to enter the exhibit area during this time. SFBASF staff are busy in the exhibit area during this period. The exhibit area will be opened immediately upon completion of the awards ceremony. At that time, projects may be removed. All projects must be removed by 9:30 pm on this day. Projects may be removed by anyone designated by the exhibitor. Often one individual will remove many of the projects from one school.

Registration Information

Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair Web Site. Note that we will be doing registration online this year. Once you have sent in your entry form request, you will receive registration information from us via email. If your 7th through 12th grade students come to SFBASF via Marin, San Mateo, Randall, Oakland Diocese, or West Contra Costa Science Fairs, you do not need to request registration materials. They will come from the feeder fair. Each participating student will register with a password we supply to sponsoring teachers. Students from counties not mentioned above are not eligible to participate in SFBASF.

Sponsoring Teachers

Sponsoring teachers who would like to request registration materials may do so here. This is only necessary if your students do not come through a feeder fair.