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Only students who have been recommended through the screening process and have submitted their application form and fees by the deadline may participate in the GSDSEF.   No unregistered walk-ins will be permitted. 


Setup Day- Tuesday, March 12th

  • Students may set up projects (Backboards, Notebooks, Display items) anytime between 1pm and 7pm on Tuesday afternoon, March 12th at the Balboa Park Activity Center (BPAC), 2145 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101.
  • Students must first go through a Size and Safety Check before being allowed to enter the BPAC. Students need to bring ALL materials (including the Project Notebook) required for their display on Tuesday as Judges enter the hall to preview notebooks and projects in advance. Equipment such as laptops and iPads need to go through the Size and Safety check-in Tuesday, get tagged,  and may be brought back on Judging Day.
  • Students need to bring a folding chair/camping chair labeled with their name ON TUESDAY to be used on Wednesday.

Judging Day- Wednesday, March 13th

  • Students should arrive between 7:30 am and 7:50 am on Wednesday, March 13th at the Balboa Park Activity Center and be dropped off at the tent below the Balboa Park Activity Center. Judging will start at 8:15-8:30 and be done at approximately 2:45 pm.
  • Students must bring their own lunches and water. Lunches must be clearly labeled and will be stored in a cool place until lunch time.
  • Students will be dismissed beginning approximately 2:45 pm. 
  • During Judging, parents will not be allowed in the Judging Hall.
  • For security and safety reasons, we request parents follow the traffic routes for drop off and pick up.

Traffic Routes for Judging Day- Wednesday, March 13th

  • Because of the number of students, judges, and volunteers who arrive at Balboa Park at the same time (approximately 1000 cars between 7:30 and 8:00), we request that all parents follow the DROP OFF map and not park to accompany their child to the BPAC. Official parking passes for Judges and Volunteers are required in order to park at the BPAC in the morning. No copies will be accepted.
  • Because over 600 students are dismissed at the same time, we request that parents follow the Pick Up protocol. The protocol will be posted in March, 2019.
  • Attached are maps indicating traffic routes for Judging Day--both drop-off in the morning and pickup in the afternoon.  Parents need to please follow the indicated routes to facilitate drop-offs and pick-ups. Students should be dropped off between 7:10am and 7:50am and be picked up starting at 2:45pm.  Please see the 2018 Traffic and Parking MAPS below as examples. Maps will be updated in March, 2019.


Awards Ceremony- Thursday, March 14th

The GSDSEF Awards Ceremony will be held at the Viejas Center at San Diego State University. Doors for the Awards Ceremony open at 5:00 pm and the Ceremony ends by approximately 8:30pm.  Parking at San Diego State University next to Viejas Arena is free. 


Public Viewing Days - Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Visitors are welcome to view the GSDSEF projects from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, March 15th and March 16th.


Family Science Day and Public Viewing Day - Sunday, March 17th, 2019

For all ages: Participate in fun science activities on Sunday, March 17th from 10:00 am to 3 pm. Win a prize at the Science Fair Scavenger Hunt! 


Project Removal on Sunday, March 17th, 2019

  • Project Take Down begins at 3 pm. Projects may NOT be removed before 3 pm. When Student Exhibitors applied to participate in the GSDSEF, they signed an agreement to not remove their project before 3 pm on Sunday. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Student Exhibitors must bring their Student Exhibitor Badge to remove their project.
  • If a Student Exhibitor is unable to take their own project on Sunday, he/she may send a representative (family member, teacher, friend, etc.). That person must bring that student's Exhibitor badge or a note authorizing he/she has permission to remove the project. The representative will be signing off that they picked up that Student Exhibitor's project.
  • Projects not picked up by 4:00 pm will be discarded unless a prior arrangement is made.


We look forward to seeing your students at the 2019 GSDSEF!