The 2017 Fair will be held the week of March 14 – March 19 at the Balboa Park Activity Center (2145 Park Blvd.)

  • Important Dates:
    • Tuesday, March 14 – Registration Day (for those ACCEPTED and have submitted the necessary forms and fees)
    • Wednesday, March 15 – Judging Day
    • Thursday, March 16 – Awards Ceremony at Viejas Arena located at SDSU.
    • Sunday, March 17 – Tear-Down: All projects must be removed between 3:00 PM and 4:00 pm.  No project may removed prior to this specific timeframe.



  • Students you may nominate your teacher/advisor for the GSDSEF Teacher of the Year.  Submit your nomination during the afternoon of judging (12:30 pm – 2:45 pm).


  • Monday – 3:00 pm – TBD.
    • Volunteers cover tables and set up the Fair.
  • Tuesday – 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm – REGISTRATION DAY
    • Student exhibitor register and set up their projects at the Balboa Park Activity Center (2145 Park Blvd.).
    • Students may bring their chairs and leave it under their exhibit at their own risk.
    • Students will receive their exhibitor badge, sign up for tours (first come, first serve basis), pickup pre-ordered t-shirts, and purchase souvenirs.
    • The exhibiting student does not need to be present, a representative (family member, teacher or friend) may set up on their behalf, but the student must have their badge for Wednesday’s judging or will not be permitted inside the building.
  • Wednesday – 8:00 am – 2:45 pm – JUDGING DAY
    • All students must be present for judging and wear their exhibitor badge.
    • Students should bring their lunch labeled with their name and booth number as it will be left outside, under the tent, by booth number.  Food is not permitted in the building.
    • Plastic screw-top bottles and reusable, sealed drink containers are allowed.
    • Students meet in the large tent in the parking lot for a brief meeting. Do not go in the building.  Judges will already be looking at your projects.
    • Students will be dismissed at approximately 2:45 pm.
    • Parents: Please wait for your student to be dismissed and do not crowd the exit area.  Once judges have indicated that they are finished, students will be dismissed.
    • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Fair is open to the public.  Admission and parking are free.
    • 5:00 pm – Doors open at Viejas Arena located at San Diego State University for the Awards Ceremony.  Admission and parking is free.
    • 5:30 pm – Awards Ceremony begins.
    • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Fair is open to the public.  Admission and parking are free.
  • Saturday – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Fair is open to the public.  Admission and parking are free.
    • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Fair is open to the public.  Admission and parking are free.
      • FAMILY DAY Events:
        • The San Diego Zoo will bring animal ambassadors, fun games and presentations from the San Diego Astronomy Association, the All Girls STEM Society, Ms. Smarty Plants, and more!
        • Raffle benefiting the Fair the will take place (purchase your tickets at the Souvenir Shop)
        • Science Demonstrations, hands-on activities and book signings will take place during the day.
        • View the flyer with details.

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    • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Project tear-down.  Once the Fair has been declared closed, students may remove their project.  No exceptions will be made.  If you are unable to pick up your project at this time, please designate a representative to do so.  Your exhibitor badge is needed to remove your project (you may give it to your representative).  Project remaining at 5:00 pm will be trashed (sorry, we have no means of keeping them and must vacate the building the evening of Sunday, 3/20).
    • 4:00 – TBD – Volunteers clean-up and pack up the Fair.



  • Watch how judges interview a student’s project.
  • Get tips on talking with the judges about how you used the scientific method, how you conducted your experiment, why your project is relevant and more!
  • Ask questions during a Q&A panel of former exhibitors.
  • You only need to bring yourself and paper to take notes.
  • Space is limited* and an RSVP is required to gsdsefsab@gmail.com.  See workshop flyer for details.
  • When:
      Wednesday, March 9, 2016:
          4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Room 401
    San Diego County Office of Education,
    6401 Linda Vista Road
    San Diego, CA, 92111
    Map: http://www.sdcoe.net/map.asp
    * SPACE IS LIMITED to the first 120 students who RSVP


  • Check out our GoFundMe page!  Help ensure San Diego and Imperial County students have the opportunity



FREE Science Fair Workshop – January 9, 2016

November Updates

  • November Workshop – Flyer added Nov. 5, 2015
    • The first workshop will be held on Sunday, November 15, 1:30-3:30 at Mission Trails Park Visitor Center Meeting Room.
    • View the flyer and workshop details – FREE Workshop Nov. 2015.
  • Screening Fair
    • Information regarding the GSDSEF screening process (including deadlines) will be posted soon.
  • California State Science Fair 2016
    • The 2016 Fair will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 23-24 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.


San Diego County Teacher of the Year

Shirley Miranda, San Diego County Teacher of the Year
Shirley Miranda, San Diego County Teacher of the Year

“Congratulations to our Director, Shirley, for being honored at last Saturday night’s gala ‘Salute to Teachers’ award ceremony!  Shirley was named one of five teachers from San Diego County who will now compete for statewide honors. We are very happy for her and wish her well in the next phase!”

– Phil Gay, President

News articles:


Broadcom MASTERS Results

The GSDSEF was the only Fair in the United States with TWO of the top 30 finalists in the 2015 Broadcom competition. Both students won awards at the competition last week (October 6, 2015).

Sebastian Mellen was awarded the Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation ($10,000) for his vision and promise as an innovator who, in the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, demonstrated aptitude and skill in technical and mathematical concepts both with his science fair project and throughout team challenges.

Mellon was inspired by teachers who struggle with grading students’ self-written examinations and classmates who wrestle with math and physics homework. To make their lives easier, Mellon applied his math and engineering acumen to design and develop an Android app that can do a broad range of algebra calculations routinely used in math, physics and other sciences.

Project: MathSuite: An Innovative Android App that Makes Dreaded Calculations FUN! Published on Google Play!
Naya Menezes, won an award as a member of this team at the competition, is an 8th grade student from Marshall Middle School.
The Broadcom MASTERS Team Award was awarded to the Red Team for demonstrating their ability to work together, solve problems through shared decision-making, communication and scientific and engineering collaboration. Each received an iPod nano®. (Red Team members, pictured with Raspberry Pi Foundation co-founder Eben Upton, from left to right: Naya Menezes, Glenn Grimmett, Elizabeth Kinsey, First-Place Math Award Winner David Yue and Rising Star Award Winner Anish Singhani.)

Complete results are found at:  Winners

Letter to Teachers – September, 2016.

  • The 2016 Letter to Teachers can be found here.
  • If you didn’t receive the letter, please contact email Wendy (Screening / School Relations) to ensure your correct email address is on file.

2016 GSDSEF Handouts

  • Student Sample Notebook, Teacher checklist and all 2016 Forms are now available!  They can be found at “Participate in the Fair“.

2016 Fair Dates Announced!

  • Mark your calendars!  The 2016 Fair will take place on March 15 – March 20, 2016.  Registration will take place on Tuesday, March 15.  All participating students must be present on Wednesday, March 16 for Judging Day.  Tear-down is on Sunday, March 20.

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners!

View the CA State Science Fair and Broadcom Masters list nominated list.

  • Students identified as “Qualified” or “Alternate” for the California State Science Fair should refer to the corresponding flyer to provide details of “what to do next”.
  • Students identified as “Broadcom Nominated” will need to pick up their packet at the Fair’s Information Booth.