Annual San Francisco Middle School Science Fair
All public and private San Francisco middle school students (grades 6 to 8) are invited to participate, including homeschooled students ages 11 to 14. In 2014 the Randall museum hosted 181projects completed by 222 San Francisco students from 32 schools.
here to view local news coverage of the 2013 San Francisco Middle School Science
The goal of the Fair is to emphasize the joy and accessibility of science and
participation over competition; therefore, winners are not awarded cash prizes, but instead
are offered a day trip to a Bay Area location of educational and entertainment interest
(such as a science cruise on the Bay with Call of the Sea). The
judging criteria are designed to reflect these goals.
Seventh and eighth grade winners can also qualify to enter the
San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. All participants
receive a ribbon and a certificate of achievement.
Important Guides and Links:
Science Fair Rules & Guidelines
Student's Guide to the San
Francisco Science Fair
Teacher's Guide to the San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair
(regional fair one level above this fair)
For inspirational project ideas and guides, please visit
Important note to students & teachers:
If your project involves human subjects (including people filling out surveys, or even people
you are observing anonymously), animals, pathogens, or controlled substances, you
must fill out a Project Proposal Form before you begin your experiments
and, in most cases, send it to the S.F. Bay Area Science Fair's Scientific Review Committee
by February 1 (exceptions: 6th graders and team projects must fill out the form and
keep copies but do not need to send it in because they are not eligible to enter the SFBASF).
If you are working with human subjects, you must also obtain informed consent
from each person at the time of your experiment. The forms are available at
the SFBASF website, under the Paperwork tab. Feel
free to contact our fair
coordinator if you
have questions or concerns about this or any other aspect of the entry process.