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Welcome to the 67th Annual Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair - 2020 -2021! 


We are looking forward to the 67th Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair in March, 2021. In order to ensure a safe STEM Fair experience for all stakeholders, the 2021 GSDSEF will be a Virtual Fair.   Requirements for virtual judging are listed below.  The SRC Pre-Approval Process is now open for students, which will be the same as last year. 

The GSDSEF participation process is the same as last year. (Videos are available to guide your students through the process.)

In addition, students must still keep a project notebook, which may be asked for during the interview. (Although judging is virtual, the notebook helps keep students organized throughout their project.)
Changes for the 2021 GSDSEF
  • No backboard required, but project notebooks are required. 
  • Pictures of the student researcher in action required for the slide deck. 
  • Group projects are discouraged due to social distancing guidelines.  
  • The Application Fee will be $25 per student. 
  • Videos--It is highly recommended, but not required, that students make a short video  
    about their projects.
  • Virtual Judging- GSDSEF judging will be virtual, with no in-person interactions. 
  • For virtual judging, students will:            
                          -  make a digital slide deck (pdf Powerpoint or GoogleSlides)
                          -  go through a virtual interview with judges
                          -  display/refer to the notebook if asked by a judge.
Detailed information about the digital slide deck, virtual interview, video, and notebook will be sent out later.
In whatever educational format students find themselves this next school year, doing an independent, creative STEM project will provide a valuable springboard to future learning in all disciplines. It is now more critical than ever that we continue to inspire and reward the next generation of scientists, engineers, and programmers through participation in these projects. In these challenging times, thank you for your continued support of student research. 

Check the HOW TO PARTICIPATE page for instructions and videos on how to participate in the 67th Annual GSDSEF. 

The revised 2021 GSDSEF Schedule is now available. 


NEWS UPDATE: September 30, 2020 


Broadcom MASTERS 2020 Results

The 2020 Broadcom MASTERS had 3,476 applicants from 34 states, plus Puerto Rico from which the top 300 were selected. The top 30 finalists was then chosen from this select pool to compete for more than $100,000 in awards and prizes. 

The top 30 finalists will compete in the first ever Virtual Broadcom MASTERS from October 16-21, participating in team challenges in addition to being judged on their science research projects. The finalists include 14 girls and 16 boys covering 16 states and representing 29 schools. All Top 30 finalists receive a $500 cash award and will compete for over $100,000 in prizes! 

Congratulations to the following students from the GSDSEF!!!



Agastya Sridharan  - 8th Grade, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, San Diego, California

Project Title: Quantifying the Impact of Search-Order Bias on Voting Preferences Using a Simulated Web Environment


TOP 300 Finalists:

Arjun Chatha, Grade: 8th, The Rhoades School, Encinitas;   Project Title: Fall Detection: Using Artificial Intelligence to Help the Elderly

Daniel Hotz, Grade: 8th, Mount Helix Academy, La Mesa;   Project Title: Think Before You Drink: Testing Effective Electrolyte Solution

Jennine Manalo, Grade: 8th, Saint Rita’s Catholic School, San Diego;    Project Title: Generating Energy from Sewage Water Flow

Tejas Ravi, Grade: 7th, The Rhoades School, Encinitas;   Project Title: The Effects of Various Wavelengths on Rod Activity

Bhadra Rupesh, Grade: 8th, The Rhoades School, Encinitas;   Project Title: Evaluating Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Correlation of Phenotypes to Type 2 Diabetes

Agastya Sridharan, Grade: 8th, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, San Diego;   Project Title: Quantifying the Impact of Search-Order Bias on Voting Preferences Using a Simulated Web Environment

Kyle Tianshi, Grade: 8th, The Cambridge School, San Diego;   Project Title: Raspberry Pi Powered Microscopic Particle Detector Using Laser Microscopy and Image Processing


To view the 2020 GSDSEF Results and Highlights, click here. This page will be continually updated with information.


  -- A photojourney of the 2018-2019 GSDSEF