The Randall Museum
is owned and operated
by the San Francisco
Recreation and Park Department

Philip A. Ginsburg,
General Manager

Annual San Francisco Middle School Science Fair

Click here to view coverage of this year's San Francisco Middle School Science Fair!

All public and private middle schools (grades 6 to 8) in San Francisco are invited to participate. In 2013, we hosted 209 entries done by 266 students at 32 schools this year. Teachers: If your school would like to participate this year and did not receive information email the Fair coordinator to be added to our teacher mailing list. You do not have to host a fair at your school for your students to qualify for this county-level fair, but you do have to RSVP in advance and receive an entry quota.

Homeschoolers age 11 to 14 residing in San Francisco and doing science at the 6th to 8th grade level may also enter.  You are encouraged to contact the Fair coordinator  if you would like to enter.  All projects must be supervised by a credentialed science teacher or qualified scientist. 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 (last year, we took 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

2013-2014 Science Fair Calendar

Student's Guide to the San Francisco Science Fair

Teacher's Guide to the San Francisco Science Fair

San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair  (regional fair one level above this fair)

For inspirational project ideas and guides, please visit Science Buddies.

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.


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