The Santa Barbara County Science & Engineering Fair is open to all students in 7th through 12th grade residing in Santa Barbara County or attending any public or private school in Santa Barbara County.  Home-schooled students between ages of 12 and 18 are also welcome to participate.  Students compete for over $4,000 in prizes and may qualify to advance to the California Science and Engineering Fair or the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering competition.

2021 Fair Registration is Open

The 2021 Fair will be a remote/virtual event.  Registration for the 2021 Fair is now open for both Judges and Students.  Registration will close on February 22.

Students' Registration

To register a project, please visit our registration portal.  To complete the registration you will need several pieces of information including:

  • A title and abstract for your project
  • Your parent's phone number and email address
  • If you had a project mentor, that person's name and email address or phone number
  • Online payment of the $20/student registration fee 

Additionally, if it is a team project, you will need to check the appropriate box during registration.

Judges' Registration

Judges registration is also open at the registration portal.  We have changed the fair management software, so returning judges need to re-register this year as the assignment process has changed.

What is a Science Fair?

A few years ago, the Santa Barbara County Education Office produced a video describing the different ways to participate in the Fair.  If you are considering competing or volunteering, this video may help answer your initial questions.

2021 Fair Information

The 2021 Science and Engineering Fair will be an online event held on March 12, 2021. Watch this web site for more information (particularly regarding presentations and judging) as it becomes available.

As you prepare your projects, please pay attention to the requirements in the Student Handbook.  The Student Handbook includes specific requirements for any projects using human or vertibrate animal subjects.  Projects failing to follow these ethical regulations will not be accepted by the Fair.

Human Subjects

Vertibrate Animal Approval

Project Display

Instead of a tabletop display, participants should prepare a Google Slides or Powerpoint slide deck NOT TO EXCEED 12 SLIDES.  This should be exported to a PDF file and submitted as part of the project registration and will be provided to your assigned judges in advance of the Fair.  The content should be similar to what would be on your backboard.  It should not be a written report of your project.

Student Interviews

Judges will still interview students.  However, it will be done via scheduled video conference.  The instructions and times will be provided prior to the day of the Fair.  If a student misses their scheduled interview, they will be considered a "no show".



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