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. Local scientists, businesspeople, teachers, and others serve as judges and interact with students about their projects.
On the day of the Synopsys-Sonoma County Science Fair, students present their projects to the judges.
This Year’s Event
Synopsys–Sonoma County Science Fair
March 1, 2014
Sonoma State University
Dates and Deadlines
- Dec 12 | 4:00pm | Preliminary school registrations due
- Jan 14 | 4:00-5:00pm | Required meeting for all participating schools
- Feb 12 | 4:00pm | Student applications due
- Feb 28 | 3:00-4:00pm | Display set-up at SSU
Students bring displays, notebooks, and 10 copies of Project Summaries
Forms and Documents
- Science Fair Handbook (pdf)
- How to do the Science Fair, Helpful Resources (pdf)
- Preliminary School Registration (eForm) – due Dec 12
- Student Project Application (eForm) – due Feb 12
- Student Project Summary (doc) – refer to Handbook for instructions
- Photo Release Form (pdf) – due Mar 1 at Student Check-in
- Volunteer Form (eForm)
San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair
March 25-27, 2014 | Website
California State Science Fair
April 28-29, 2014 | Website
New Research: Just What are the Benefits of Science Projects? (link)
Post-Event Press Release, 2013 (pdf)
Student Project Summaries, 2012 (pdf)
27 students earn Science Fair blue ribbon awards in 2012 (pdf)
Sonoma County Science Fair | Feb 2011 | Over 100 students participated in this year’s Science Fair. Teams of scientists and engineers interviewed students and judged projects.
- Jill McIntyre, Program Technician II
- Jessica Progulske, Teacher-on-Loan (Windsor Unified)