Sonoma County Office of Education

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Synopsys-Sonoma County Science Fair

Sci Fair The Synopsys–Sonoma County Science Fair gives grade 6-12 students the opportunity to study a topic of interest and apply their scientific knowledge to a real-life question. Students participate in the Science Fair by creating a project individually or in a group of two or three students.

Projects are as varied as the students themselves and can focus on areas of biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy, behavioral science, general science, health and human biology, mathematics, agricultural sciences, environmental science, earth and planetary science, cognitive sciences, and electronics-electromagnetism.

On the day of the Science Fair, students present their projects to the judges. Local scientists, businesspeople, teachers, and others serve as judges and interact with students about their projects.

This Year’s Event

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2016 Synopsys–Sonoma County Science Fair
Friday, March 4, 2016
Rohnert Park Community Center | Directions
Volunteer Judge E-Form

Important Dates

  • Mandatory Meeting for all Participating Schools at Sonoma County Office of Education
    Schools that missed this required meeting must contact Jessica Progulske to make alternative arrangements to be eligible.
  • School Registration Due
    Friday, December 11, 2015 | 5pm
    Registration form available here:
  • School Project Application Due
    Friday, January 15, 2016 | 5pm
    Link to Google form available Monday, January 4, 2016

Related Materials

  • 2016 Synopsys-Sonoma Science Fair handbook | PDF
  • Project Summary form | DOC

Feeder Fairs

California State Science Fair | Website
May 23-24, 2016 | Los Angeles

San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair | Website
Please note: The Synopsys-Sonoma County Science Fair no longer serves as a gateway to the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. School sites can register students for the Bay Area fair by visiting the fair website.

Pathways to regional and state fairs (PDF)"

Benefits of Science Fair Projects

For more information, read this article from California Classroom Science, New Research: Just What are the Benefits of Science Projects, or watch the short video below to learn why science projects are valuable learning experiences.


Science Fair Contacts