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!
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 STEM Fair Highlights
Thank you to all CAPS members for sponsoring the 2018 Sacramento Regional STEM Fair! The goal of the program is to provide recognition to students and encourage them to continue developing their scientific interests.
Regional Science Fairs
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
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|JUDGING - DATE & TIME|
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(Click to sort by city)
|CHICO SCIENCE FAIR||02/26 - 3/2/18||CHICO
Silver Dollar Fair Ground
2357 Fair Street
|SACRAMENTO REGIONAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR||03/10/18||SACRAMENTO
American River College
4700 College Oak Drive
|SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR||03/10/18||WATSONVILLE
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds
2601 East Lake Avenue
|FRESNO COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR||03/12/18||FRESNO
Fresno Fairgrounds - Commerce Building
1121 S. Chance Ave
|HUMBOLDT COUNTY DORIS NILES SCIENCE FAIR||03/12-16/18||ARCATA
Humboldt State University, West Gym
1 Harpst Street
|GREATER SAN DIEGO SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR||03/14/18||SAN DIEGO
Balboa Park Activity Center
2145 Park Blvd
|SYNOPSYS CHAMPIONSHIP||03/15/18||SAN JOSE
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, South Hall
4150 West San Carlos Street
|MONTEREY COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR||03/16-18/18||SEASIDE
CSU Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center
|MENDOCINO COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR||03/17/18||UKIAH
Mendocino College - Gym
1000 Hensley Creek Road
|RIVERSIDE COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR||03/19/18||RIVERSIDE
Riverside Convention Center
3637 Fifth Street
|LOS ANGELES COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR||03/22-24/18||PASADENA
Pasadena Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A & B
171 South Los Robles Ave
|VENTURA COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR||03/23/18||VENTURA
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Seaside Park
10 West Harbor Blvd
|CALIFORNIA STATE SCIENCE FAIR||04/23-24/18||LOS ANGELES
Science Center and the Education Building Exposition Park
700 State Drive
|GOLDEN GATE STEM FAIR||TBA||SAN FRANCISCO
SF County Fair Bldg.
9th & Lincoln
Golden Gate Park
|ORANGE COUNTY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR||TBA||COSTA MESA
Orange County Fair Ground
88 Fair Drive
Chloe Latt, winner of the CAPS Science Achievement Award on March 17, 2017, Humboldt County Doris Niles Science Fair