Fair Participation Information
Students participating in the fair have put in a lot of hard work on their projects. It is important to make sure that all of the requirements of the San Mateo County STEM Fair have also been met. The Fair tries its best to align its requirements with that of the State Science Fair and national fairs such as the Broadcom Masters. Please look over the requirements and tips below to make sure your are ready for the fair.
Important Information for the 2023 STEM Fair
The 2023 San Mateo County Office of Education STEM Fair will be held virtually!
High school students will not participate in the 2023 San Mateo County Office of Education STEM Fair.
- The Golden Gate STEM Fair will act as students local STEM Fair, and provide them with access to the California Science and Engineering Fair and International Science and Engineering Fair.
All students grades 5-8 will submit projects using one of the following Google Slides templates:
- For Engineering projects: Copy Engineering Project Template
- For all other projects: Copy Experimental Project Template
Students will be automatically forced to make a copy of the template.
All judging will take place virtually via Zoom, and judges will use your slide deck, in lieu of a tri-fold project board, to judge your project.
All students who are selected for the interview phase will be scheduled for video interviews with judges.
Students must follow the directions and guidelines below to participate in the fair.
Required Forms for Human Subjects or Biological Experiments
Project Submission Guidelines and Template
The San Mateo County STEM Fair project categories are aligned to the four Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) from the Next Generation Science Standards. They are also compatible with San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair categories and the California State Science Fair categories.
Each Disciplinary Core Idea has one or more STEM Fair Categories. Each category has a brief description and Examples of project titles. Please note that it is the teachers’ responsibility to determine the appropriate category for each students project. However, the fair director has the discretionary right to re-classify projects if they are not categorized correctly.
Cognitive, social, & health science, survey projects
Pharmaceutical, heredity, molecular biology, microbiology, botany, zoology (non-behavioral)
Physical chemistry and chemical reactions - thermodynamics, non-biological and inorganic
Earth, Space, and Environmental Science
Ecosystems, ecology, interactions, climate change, erosion, weather, Earth and human activity, astrophysics, and oceanography
Engineering, Technology and Application of Science
Product science, comparing consumer oriented applications, prototype designs, structural engineering and analysis, mechanical Inventions, renewable resources
Static physical properties, characterization of static materials
Math and Software
Computer sciences, geometry, topology, morphology, number theory, algorithm analysis, modeling and simulation, programming environments, programming languages
Motion, force, energy, waves (electro-magnetism), stability, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics