Monterey Bay Science Fair

  March 5 – 7, 2023


  About the



Types of Projects



Research Regulations

concerning Human Subjects


General Information

  Important Dates


Register Online

Mailing Address


  More Information

Why Complete A Project?

Getting Started

The Scientific Method


Tips For Parents

Sample Blank Application

  Additional Science Fair Information  
  Reclassified Projects  
  Official Judging Sheet  
  Display Guidelines and Special Awards  
2022 Winners


to the 2022 Monterey County Science and Engineering

Fair!  If

you are a student in grades 6-12 in Monterey

County, you can use this web site to submit your project registration

online! Use the links to the left to learn more about this year’s Science


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



A Little Bit About the Fair


Monterey County Science Fair encourages children to pursue in-depth study of

natural phenomena through scientific research and acknowledges the positive

accomplishments of those youth. Assisted by dedicated teachers and supportive

families, each year children in grades 6 – 12 throughout Monterey County develop

projects in research categories ranging from Applied Mechanics to Plant Biology

for the Science Fair.


the fair, students display their research projects and present their findings

orally and through written journals to a team of scientists who volunteer as

judges. Through interactions with the participants, these judges confirm the

students’ understandings of the scientific concepts and the research methods

involved in their projects.  The judges also will offer practical

and positive feedback regarding their application of the scientific method to

a problem, encouraging them to improve their future scientific research efforts.



Fair projects are awarded prizes in 13 Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (grades

9-12) Division categories with the First Place winners in each category

becoming eligible to participate in the California State Science Fair, May

17-18, 2022. Thanks to our community sponsors, the top two Senior

Division projects may be eligible for sponsorship to the Intel International

Science and Engineering Fair, May 9-15, 2022 in San Jose, California.

The Science

Fair is sponsored by Monterey County Office Of Education, The U.S. Naval

Postgraduate School of Monterey, California

State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) and community partners. This year’s fair will be hosted

at the University Center on the campus of CSUMB on March 6, 2022. The

public is invited to view the students’ science projects at 3 p.m.,

or upon completion of judging, in the University Center. Outstanding projects

in each category are recognized at an Awards Assembly held in the same location

at CSUMB (Building 29), 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, 2022.

Types of


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.




 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 Safety & Humane Certification Form

if your project involves human subjects, tissue sample sources or live vertebrate

animals. Please bring your signed form on project registration day.

Safety & Humane

Certification Form (Word Format)

Safety & Humane

Certification Form (PDF Format)

Important Dates

Begin Online application



November 1, 2022
Registration/Application Due



February 10, 2022
Project Setup, Friday


2:30 – 5:30 pm

March 5, 2022
Students may check in at the lobby of the University Center, CSUMB, beginning at 2:35 pm.  After a safety check, you may take your project/exhibit to a categorically and numerically assigned table in the ballroom.  Set-up must be complete by 5:30 pm.  Please ask for assistance from one of our volunteers if you have trouble locating your category or your assigned project space.


*Be sure your project is in the correct location or the judges may not be able to evaluate your project.

Science Fair, Saturday


– Judging, 8 AM

– Student Interviews 11 AM – 1 PM

– Public viewing: 3:30 PM or upon the completion of judging.


March 6, 2022
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 10:45 and 11:00 am.  At 11, students (no parents or teachers) will be admitted to the ballroom for interviews.  These interviews should conclude by approximately 1 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 12:30, please notify one of our volunteers who will locate a 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 3:30 on Sunday.  Any projects not picked up will be left at the dumpster located at the rear of the parking lot adjacent to the University Center.

Awards Assembly, Sunday


– Public Viewing of Winning Projects: 10:30 – 1 PM

– Awards Ceremony, 1 PM

March 7, 2022
The Awards Ceremony will be held from 1-3:30 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!


all 2022 Science Fair applications must be completed online!


Click here to register Online (November 1, 2022 – February 10,  2023).




This is

the mailing address you will send your printed and signed registration forms


Science Fair – Attn: Ginny Brown

Monterey County Office of Education

901 Blanco


Salinas, CA 93912-0851



The following people/organizations

are proud sponsors of the Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair:






County Office of Education

Naval Postgraduate



State University Monterey Bay



Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula



Ranch Fresh Foods

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System   Taylor Farms



The Kenneth


Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation

The William


McCaskey Chapman and Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation



Masslogics Trucking Software


National Marking Products




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