CAPS Science Fair Program

The CAPS Science Fair Program takes place annually during the science fair season, March through April.  The goal of the program is to provide recognition to students and encourage them to continue developing their scientific interests.

CAPS representatives from all over California attend regional science fairs as Special Awards Judges.  They select one individual student project from each of the 15 regional science fairs to receive the CAPS Science Achievement Award and a monetary scholarship.  The 15 students who are selected as winners can then compete for the Outstanding Young Scientist Award.

Volunteer as a CAPS Science Fair Program Special Awards Judge at a Fair Near You!

Chloe Latt, winner of the CAPS Science Achievement Award on March 17, 2017, Humboldt County Doris Niles Science Fair

CAPS needs additional judges for regional science fairs, and YOU CAN HELP! Most Fairs need a team of five or six CAPS members to judge projects. It’s fun and easy – a great way to spend some time encouraging young people in the pursuit of independent learning and meeting other scientists from other state departments and fields.

If you would like to be a CAPS Science Fair Program volunteer judge for the fair nearest you, please click here or contact Bianca Petzold by email at , or by calling 916-441-2629.

Regional Science Fair Schedule

Regional Science Fairs are included in CAPS’ Outstanding Young Scientist Program.  All participating fairs are Intel affiliated and their winners typically compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

2018 Fair Schedule

FAIR NAME
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JUDGING - DATE & TIME
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FAIR LOCATION
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CHICO SCIENCE FAIR02/26 - 3/2/18CHICO
Silver Dollar Fair Ground
2357 Fair Street
Commercial Bldg.
SACRAMENTO REGIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR03/10/18SACRAMENTO
American River College
4700 College Oak Drive
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR03/10/18WATSONVILLE
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Avenue
FRESNO COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR 03/12/18FRESNO
Fresno Fairgrounds - Commerce Building
1121 S. Chance Ave
Fresno
HUMBOLDT COUNTY DORIS NILES SCIENCE FAIR 03/12-16/18ARCATA
Humboldt State University, West Gym
1 Harpst Street
GREATER SAN DIEGO SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR03/14/18SAN DIEGO
Balboa Park Activity Center
2145 Park Blvd
SYNOPSYS CHAMPIONSHIP03/15/18SAN JOSE
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, South Hall
4150 West San Carlos Street
San Jose
MONTEREY COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR03/16-18/18SEASIDE
CSU Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
MENDOCINO COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR03/17/18UKIAH
Mendocino College - Gym
1000 Hensley Creek Road
RIVERSIDE COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR 03/19/18RIVERSIDE
Riverside Convention Center
3637 Fifth Street
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR 03/22-24/18PASADENA
Pasadena Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A & B
171 South Los Robles Ave
VENTURA COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR 03/23/18VENTURA
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park
10 West Harbor Blvd
CALIFORNIA STATE SCIENCE FAIR04/23-24/18LOS ANGELES
Science Center and the Education Building Exposition Park
700 State Drive
Los Angeles
GOLDEN GATE STEM FAIRTBASAN FRANCISCO
SF County Fair Bldg.
9th & Lincoln
Golden Gate Park
ORANGE COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR TBACOSTA MESA
Orange County Fair Ground
88 Fair Drive