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 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.

An Important Message to the Science community of the San Francisco Bay Area:

Since 1953, students from the Bay Area have been participating in the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair.  SFBASF Executive Director (Greta Dahlke, 48 years with the Fair) and Assistant Director (Robert Fabini, 30 years with the Fair ) are planning to retire from Science Fair over the next 2 years.  We intend that 2016 will be the last Science Fair that we run.  We are looking for new blood to take over the SFBASF in accordance with this timeline.

The SFBASF was founded in 1953 by Bob Rice and Ted Beck, and has provided a marvelous educational experience for thousands of students from Northern California.  Greta and Bob have been in their current positions for 20 and 26 years, respectively.  It’s been an incredible experience for both of us, but we are in agreement that someone younger, who is more in tune with modern technology and social media, would better serve the needs of students.

We have compiled an outline of the various responsibilities in a way that could be easily divided between several individuals, depending on the level of responsibility each person is willing to take on. These are not volunteer positions—there is compensation available to be divided between these administrative positions.  For the past 20 years or so, most the tasks have been done by the two of us with some assistance from others on specific tasks.  It is our recommendation that these responsibilities be spread among a larger team than we currently have.

This is a chance for a group of energetic and innovative people to have a huge impact on Bay Area science education, while working with some of the most amazing students and teachers in California.  This is a perfect opportunity for young teachers to establish themselves in the Bay Area science community.

We are hoping to have folks shadow us this year, and then mentor the new team in 2016, so they will be ready to take over in 2017.

We would appreciate your help in identifying possible candidates by passing along this message.   We would be happy to talk with any interested parties at their earliest convenience. 

The best way to reach us is as follows:

Greta Dahlke, Executive Director:  gama944 AT yahoo.com

Bob Fabini, Assistant Director:  sfbasf AT gmail.com

Learn more about how the science fair works:
  • What's the whole process for Teachers?
  • What's the whole process for Students?
  • FAQ

  • 2016 San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair Important Dates and Information

    This year's science fair will be held at the normal site, the San Francisco County Fair Building at 9th and Lincoln in Golden Gate Park.
    • 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 SFBASF. The Scientific Review Committee would prefer to screen extra projects instead of disqualifying projects that have not filed papers. SRC Proposal forms are available at our Paperwork link to the left
    • Friday, March 4 at 4:00 pm: Deadline for online registration.
    • Monday, March 14: Projects may be installed from 12:00pm to 9:00pm. 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 9:00pm. Projects may be installed by someone other than the registered student exhibitor. Parents, teachers, friends, or siblings may do the installation if necessary.
    • Tuesday, March 15: Projects may be viewed by the public on this date from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
    • Wednesday, March 16: Projects will be judged from 9:00am to 12:00noon. All students should plan on being at their projects from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. 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 are welcome to be present at this time, but are not allowed into the interview waiting area.  Sometime before 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 16, 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 yellow cards on their projects instructing them to attend the award ceremony on March 17. 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.
    • Thursday, March 17: Projects may be viewed on this date from 10:00am to 3:00pm; however 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will not yet be posted.
    • Thursday, March 17: The award ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm. Projects may be removed after the Awards Ceremony is completed. Projects that are not claimed after the awards ceremony may be destroyed.
    If you are interested in participating in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, visit http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/jshs