Santa Barbara County Science Fair

2016 Science Fair Information

The 2016 Science Fair will be held on March 10-11, 2016 in UC Santa Barbara's Corwin Pavilion.  Please watch this space for updates.

2015 California State Science Fair Results

Congratulations are in order for several students for Santa Barbara County who placed at the California State Science Fair.

Paul Grosen (Goleta Valley Junior High): Third Place in Mathematics and Software
Jacob Kim-Sherman (Goleta Valley Junior High): Third Place in Cognitive Science
Chloe Mauceri (Santa Barbara Junior High): Third Place in Environmental Science
Michelle Qin (La Colina Junior High): Third Place in Behavioral and Social Sciences
Gabriela Goldberg (San Marcos High): Honorable Mention in Environmental Engineering
Isabella Hurvitz (La Colina Junior High): Honorable Mention in Product Science (Biological)
Liana Mueller (La Colina Junior High): Honorable Mention in Mathematics and Software

2015 County Science Fair

The 2015 Science Fair was a success.  We had 122 projects and 131 students competing for over $5,000 in prizes and for advancement to the California State Science Fair.  A full list of the winners is available here.


Petey Roney from Goleta Valley Junior High qualified to compete in the 2014 Broadcom Masters National Science Fair where he won the First Place Science Award

Finally, thanks again to all of our sponsors including:

Raytheon Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara


Network of Santa Barbara
County Water Providers
Montecito Bank & Trust
Benz Research 




Innovations In Education Video

The SBCEO has put together a nice video describing the various ways to participate in the Science Fair. If you have questions about competing or volunteering, this is worth watching.


You Can Help

The Santa Barbara County Science Fair is a community sponsored and organized event.  If you would like to support the Fair, there are a variety of ways you can help:

  • Judges are the basis for putting on the science fair and we can never have too many.  Judges spend the morning of the Fair interviewing the student-scientists about their work to generate the rankings.  If you have a background in the sciences and can spare four hours on a Friday morning for some fun, we could use the help.  For more information, please email the Judging Coordinator.
  • The organizing committee meets several times over the year in order to plan the details of the Fair.  The members are individuals and representatives from businesses or community groups that are dedicated to raising the profile and quality of science education in the County.  If you or your organization would like to get involved, please contact us.
  • In addition to awarding medals and qualifying projects for the California State Science Fair, competators are also vying for a variety of special awards.  These are donated by members of the community and generally focus on a scientific area or discipline (i.e. watershed, evolutionary biology, electronics, etc.) important to the donor.  If you are interested in participating by sponsoring a special award, please contact us.
  • Finally, we also need donations to make it all possible.  While the fair is organized by volunteers, there are substantial costs for hosting the event.  If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to the Fair, you can do so via the PayPal link at right.


Contact Information

Send general questions about the fair or this site to

Send questions regarding judging to

Mailing address:

Santa Barbara County Science Fair
P.O. Box 6307
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6307