Golden Gate STEM Fair

Held Virtually Starting March 8th, 2021

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Formerly the SF Bay Area Science Fair

A Progressive Science Competition for Grades 6 – 12

Procedures for 2021 TBD

As the Coronavirus continues to spread, the Golden Gate STEM Fair leadership is deciding the structure for next year’s fair. But, there will be a Golden Gate STEM Fair in 2021. Plan for the event to be held virtually with a small chance for a public event. This means to have all of your paperwork in a digital format and have the ability to take high resolution images of your project board, or design your board digitally.

Participation:  If you want to participate in GGSF 2021 you MUST live in one of the cities listed below. If so, click the button below to register on our online fair platform.


What is the Golden Gate STEM Fair?

The Golden Gate STEM Fair (GGSF) is a new nonprofit organization that has replaced the previously active San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. We are working to make GGSF not just a competition, but a community event that celebrates the accomplishments of all of the aspiring scientists who submit their work. GGSF operates as a part of an extended science competition pathway that begins with science fairs at individual junior and senior high schools.

The event on Saturday, March14th is FREE and open to the public with the students’ projects on display for all to see. Also, our supporting partners and other community groups will have engaging science presentations and activities on display. We hope to see you there! If you would like to be involved as a volunteer or community organization please contact the Director.

Students participate from the following counties:

  • Napa
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • West Contra Costa

Awards for All of the Outstanding Student Scientists

Welcome to the Golden Gate STEM Fair!

In addition to category placement awards, Golden Gate STEM Fair provides over 25 “special awards” totaling over $3,000 from national/community organizations and corporate sponsors that highlight individual achievement in specific areas or themes. The awards include some financial prizes from sponsors like Chevron, who award ingenuity and innovation, as well as prestigious recognition from STEM associations. Middle school and High school projects could be eligible for awards from organizations like:

  • Intel (for projects in computer science)
  • NASA, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association, American Meteorological Society
  • Society for In-Vitro Biology
  • Office of Naval Research
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of Women Geoscientists
  • California Association of Professional Scientists
  • Yale Science & Engineering Association  and many more!

2020 Special Award Recipients

Some 2019 winners  |  View All

Registration Information

Are you ready to match your project with other top student scientists across the San Francisco Bay Area? Learn about all the necessary steps to enter the Golden Gate STEM Fair. Learn More


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Fair Director & Teacher Information

If your students do not come through a feeder fairA "Feeder Fair" is a participating Science Fair: San Francisco Middle School, Oakland Diocese, and Alameda, Napa, Marin, San Mateo,  Solano, Mendocino or West Contra Costa County Science Fairs, fair directors and teachers can request registration materials here

Forms and Information

Find guidelines, deadlines, forms and information you will need to participate in the Golden Gate STEM Fair

We Need Your Support!

This annual event was reinvigorated by people passionately support science projects as a tool to establish and refine student research skills. Self-directed science education has been shown to have significant positive impact on students and directly supports Next Generation Science Standards.

If you would like to volunteer for the fair please email the Director.

GGSF is FREE for students to participate. To maintain this accessibility for all, we depend on community support. Please help us keep this fair sustainable and growing by donating today. The more support we receive, the more students we can reach and get involved!