Synopsys-Sonoma County Science 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
2016 Synopsys–Sonoma County Science Fair
Friday, March 4, 2016
Rohnert Park Community Center
- 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
- 2016 Synopsys-Sonoma Science Fair handbook | PDF
- Project Summary form | DOC
Feeder FairsCalifornia State Science Fair | Website
May 2016| Los Angeles
San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair | WebsitePathways to regional and state fairs (PDF)"
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.
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
Karen McGahey, Director of CA Standards firstname.lastname@example.org, (707) 522-3330
- Event Management
Jessica Progulske, Curriculum Coordinator for Student Engagement email@example.com
Anna Van Dordrecht, Teacher-on-Loan for Science firstname.lastname@example.org
- Event Coordination
Jill McIntyre, Program Technician II email@example.com