Science Fair Student Information

This page has not been updated for the 2021 Fair. Please check back at the beginning of October for new information. Thank you!

As an ISEF-affiliated fair, the forms and rules are strictly followed, so taking your time and completing all required steps is very important to ensure your participation in the fair. Even if you have a teacher helping you with the paperwork, please SUBMIT THE APPLICATION PACKET YOURSELF. This will avoid any miscommunication about whether or not your application packet is correctly submitted on time.

If you have any questions, please contact April Treece, Fair Director, at (925) 672-3759 or; or CCCSEF Administrator, Janice Fujii at or (925) 890-2624.


March 12, 13, 14, 2020 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Los Medanos College, 2700 E. Leland Rd., Pittsburg, 94565
The Fair is held in the gymnasium.

The Day-of Science & Engineering Fair Schedule

March 12, 2020: Student project set-up, Los Medanos College Gym, 3:00-7:00 p.m. (Thursday)

March 13, 2020: Students check in at Los Medanos College Gym, 11:45 a.m. Interviews with judges are from noon-2:30 p.m. (Friday)

March 14, 2020: Science & Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony and public viewing, 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 noon. (Saturday)

PLEASE NOTE: At the Awards Ceremony and Public Open House, students will remain in the project display area for community viewing. All projects are to be removed by noon on March 14, 2020, or projects will be discarded. There is no storage available.

Step 1

Read the available resources and take note of important deadlines. This will ensure that you start off the process in the right direction.

Review Resources>>


Understand the Deadlines

For projects requiring pre-approval, there are two deadlines: pre-approval prior to experimentation and final approval after experimentation. If there are any changes to procedures or experimental design after receiving pre-approval, projects are to be resubmitted for pre-approval if it alters the Risk Assessment Form 3 and/or changes work being completed in a research laboratory (Form 1C).

All other projects will receive a final approval after January 15, 2020. 

December 3, 2019

December 3, 2019 is the deadline postmark date for receipt of initial papers requiring pre-approval by the Scientific Review Committee (SRC).

Projects involving invertebrate or vertebrate animals, human subjects, recombinant DNA, tissue, pathogenic agents, or controlled substances must have advance approval from the SRC. If in doubt, please submit the project research plan and required paperwork for the SRC review, which will be completed within two weeks of submission deadline.

Pre-approval projects must submit their complete application, which includes all forms required and their detailed proposed research plans, to the SRC before any research begins. 

January 31, 2020 — Updated registration deadline!

This is the deadline postmark date for receipt of ALL application forms from all students who are participating in the Science & Engineering Fair. Miss the deadline but still want to participate? Contact Janice Fujii at to see if special arrangements can be made.

Step 2

After carefully reading the resources and taking note of deadlines, please review the Rules Wizard and complete the online form. You must complete this before beginning our registration process and will not be able to participate without it.

Complete the Rules Wizard>>

Step 3

If you intend to use human participants in your project, review these rules before beginning the registration process.

If you intend to use vertebrate animals in your project, review these rules before beginning the registration process.

If you intend to use potentially hazardous biological agents in your project, review these rules before beginning the registration process.

If you intend to use hazardous chemicals, activities or devices in your project, review these rules before beginning the registration process.

Once you have completed the Rules Wizard and reviewed any applicable rules, go to the application page. This is where you will find the online registration, general application packet, and additional forms that must be completed.

Before submitting any materials, please review the application packet with your adult sponsor to make sure it is accurate and complete.

Go to the Student Application page>>

State and International Competitions for Grand Sweepstakes Award Winners

May 10-15, 2020: International Science & Engineering Fair, Anaheim, CA (Senior Sweepstakes only) CANCELLED

April 20-21, 2020: California State Science Fair, California Science Center, Los Angeles CANCELLED

October 16-21, 2020: Broadcom Masters, Washington, D.C. (select Junior Division projects only.)