Monterey County Science and Engineering   Fair

March 15 - 17, 2019
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The 2019 Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair will be held March 15 - 17 at the University Center, Building 29, Cal State University Monterey Bay, Seaside, California.

If you are a student in grades 6-12 in Monterey County:
Please use this web site to submit your project registration online.
Use the links to the left to learn more.

Fair Location - California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)
Campus Map (Science Fair Location)


After you register online, be sure to print a hard copy of the Science Fair registration to send the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) with the required signatures.  The mailing address is listed below and will be listed on your registration form.


A Little Bit About the Fair

The annual Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair showcases students in Monterey County who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. This competition celebrates achievement by middle and high school students supported by their parents, teachers, and schools.

Through the annual Fair competition, hundreds of the county's students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and a half dozen other categories.

The Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair a collaborative effort that is sponsored by the Monterey County Office of Education, the Naval Postgraduate School, California State University Monterey Bay, and many community partners. It is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public, and selects projects which go on to compete and win in other state and national competitions, including the prestigious Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

Every student is celebrated and encouraged by the hundreds of other attending students, parents, teachers, mentors, sponsors, judges, and members of the public.

Students will present projects in junior (6th - 8th grade) and senior (9th - 12th grade) divisions in multiple areas of study. Fair participants are drawn from public, private, parochial and home-schools in Monterey County. Judging will occur on Saturday, March 16, at 8 AM. Outstanding projects in each category are recognized at an Awards Ceremony held in the same location on Sunday afternoon, March 17 at 1 PM.

Types of Projects

Here is a complete listing of the project categories.  Each of these categories is described and examples are given.  Your project should attempt to fall into one of these categories.  Also, note that some categories are for Junior Division (grades 6-8) projects only.

NOTE:  Projects involving human subjects, tissue sample sources (including DNA source materials), and live vertebrate animals are subject to special regulation and, if allowed by the Scientific Review Committee, must be conducted under the supervision of an adult sponsor.  If your topic deals with any of these areas, it must be approved PRIOR to the start of experimentation. Please complete the appropriate Junior or Senior Division Safety & Humane Certification Form if your project involves human subjects, tissue sample sources or live vertebrate animals.

Junior division, please bring your signed form on project registration day.

Senior division, please submit your ISEF Certification Forms to Ginny Brown in advance of upcoming SRC meetings and in advance of experimentation.

JUNIOR Division: Certification of Compliance for Research Involving Human Subjects, Tissue Sample Sources and Humane Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals Form (Word Format)
JUNIOR Division: Certification of Compliance for Research Involving Human Subjects, Tissue Sample Sources and Humane Treatment of Live Vertebrate Animals Form (PDF Format)

SENIOR Division: ISEF Certification of Compliance for Research Involving Human Subjects, Vertibrate Animals, Tissues, and Hazardous Chemicals (Interactive PDF Format)

Important Dates

Begin Online application registration November 1, 2018
Scientific Review Committee Meeting - Review of senior division projects involving Human Subjects, Vertebrate Animals, Tissues, and Hazardous Chemicals

November 9, 2018
December 7, 2018
January 11, 2019

Registration/Application Due Date February 20, 2019

Project Setup, Friday 2:30 - 5:30 pm
No projects will be accepted after 5:30 PM

March 15, 2019

Location and Drop-Off Logistics

  • The University Center is Building 29 located on 6th Avenue at CSUMB.
  • Please check in at the lobby of the University Center. After a safety check, you may take your project/exhibit to a categorically and numerically assigned table in the ballroom. Set-up must be completed by 5:30 PM.
  • Parking is complimentary

What to Bring (Student or Designated Adult)

  • Your project board and research notebook. All projects must have a research notebook.
  • Senior Division Projects, Grades 9-12, should bring 15 copies of your abstract

What else to bring
Does your project have human subjects? If so, bring all the completed ISEF Form 4 forms (one signed by each human subject)
Is your project a continuation from last year? If so, bring a completed ISEF Form 7
Was your project done at a Registered Research Institution? If so, Form 1C must be with your project board.

Science Fair, Saturday
- Judging, 8 AM
- Student Interviews 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
- Public viewing: 3:30 PM or upon the completion of judging.
March 16, 2019

Judges arrive at 7:30 for an orientation and the judging will begin at 8 am. 
Students:  please arrive at the University Center lobby between 10:15 and 10:30 am.  At 10:30, students (no parents or teachers) will be admitted to the ballroom for interviews.  These interviews should conclude by approximately 12:30 pm.  Please stay by your project during the interview time.  If you wander around the ballroom, you may miss your opportunity to discuss your project with the judges.  Once your interview is complete, you may leave the ballroom.  Should it occur that you have not been interviewed by 12:00, please notify one of our volunteers who will locate a judge and/or judging team to interview you.


Public viewing: There will be two opportunities for public viewing.  The Ballroom will be open for public viewing of projects from approximately 3:30 pm to 5 pm, or upon the completion of judging.  While specific awards will not be announced, projects that will be receiving an award will be tagged before public viewing.  If your project is not receiving an award, please take it home on Saturday afternoon.  If your project is receiving an award, we request that you leave it on display through the Awards Ceremony on Sunday.  If you leave your project, it must be picked up by 3:00 on Sunday. 

Awards Assembly, Sunday
- Public Viewing of Winning Projects: 11:00 - 1 PM
- Awards Ceremony, 1 PM
March 17, 2019
The Awards Ceremony will be held from 1:00-3:00 in the University Center Ballroom.  Please take your exhibits with you after the conclusion of the ceremony.  Any project left behind will be disposed.


Register Online!
Remember, all Science Fair applications must be completed online!
*Note: Team projects may have only three (3) project partners.

Click here to register Online (November 1, 2018 - February 20,  2019).

Once your online application is submitted by February 20, 2019 Please mail a paper copy, signed by the student and a parent by March 1, 2019

Mailing Address

This is the mailing address you will send your printed and signed registration forms after you have registered online:

Science Fair - Attn: Ginny Brown
Monterey County Office of Education
901 Blanco Circle
Salinas, CA 93912-0851
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The following people/organizations are proud sponsors of the Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair:




Monterey County Office of Education

Naval Postgraduate School

California State University Monterey Bay

Database Driven Solutions
Taylor Farms

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

BLACH Construction
DRV Precision Compaction Services, LLC Precision Odor, Inc


Ken and Connie Hess
The William McCaskey Chapman and Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation


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