Student Projects Expo

Science & Engineering Fair Information

LIMIT OF 4 ENTRIES PER SCHOOL SITE. Names of participants MUST be submitted through the registration forms. "Spots" will not be held.

The Nevada County Science and Engineering Fair is held as part of the STEAM Expo. Participating projects will be put on display to recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements in science and engineering. Science experts representing a wide-variety of public and private sectors are invited to judge the projects.

The outcomes for the Nevada County STEAM Expo are to:

  • Motivate and develop the interests of ALL students in STEAM fields,
  • Recognize the achievements and efforts of students in STEAM,
  • Encourage independent and/or group research and development, and
  • Identify exemplary projects that will advance to the California State Science and Engineering Fair.

Prior to entering the Nevada County STEAM Expo all students grades 6-12 interested in competing in the California Science & Engineering Fair (NCSEF) must complete the state application and submit it with their project entry. To view and complete the science fair application please download and submit a hard copy with your student project. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here:

Students in grades 6-12 may enter the NCSEF. Projects may enter the NCSEF. All projects need to adhere to the scientific method or engineering design process. Project topics will address one of the following categories:

  • Life Sciences
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Physical Science: Chemistry
  • Physical Science: Physics
  • Engineering and Mathematics
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences

The final category placement of each project will be determined by NCSoS.

Competitive Project Information:

  • Individuals and groups of 2-3 may enter projects.
  • All projects will be recognized with a participation ribbon.
  • Each category will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places awarded.
  • Judges will select the top 6 NCSEF (Grades 6-12 Scientific Inquiry ONLY) projects that will advance to the California Science and Engineering Fair.

Non-Competitive Project Information:

  • Individual students, groups of students, and families of students in grades K-5 may enter a project in the Non-Competitive division.
  • Non-Competitive projects are an opportunity for newcomers to the Science and Engineering Fair process to become familiar with the event.
  • Non-competitive projects will be recognized with a participation ribbon.
  • Non-competitive projects are not eligible to advance to the California Science and Engineering Fair.

All competitive NCSEF entries must complete the California Science and Engineering Fair registration form prior to judging on March 27, 2020. Our top 6 projects will advance to the California Science and Engineering Fair held. The CSEF is open to Scientific Inquiry Projects in grades 6-12 ONLY. The 2020 California Science & Engineering Fair will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 20-21, 2020. in the Exhibition Hall at Cal Expo students will compete with over 900 participants from 400 schools throughout the State in competition for awards totaling $60,000.

Source: STEM EXPO Inc. (

STEAM Expo Showcase of Projects
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