Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair Web Site
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.
teachers who would like to request registration materials may do so
here. This is only necessary if your students do not come through a
An Important Message to the Science community of the San Francisco Bay Area:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
If you are interested in participating in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, visit http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/jshs
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.