A Progressive Science Competition for Grades 7 - 12
The Golden Gate STEM Fair (GGSF) is a new nonprofit organization that has replaced the previously active San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. GGSF operates as a part of an extended science competition pathway that begins with science fairs at individual junior and senior high schools. Top placing students’ projects at those schools move ahead sequentially to city, county and eventually the regional GGSF. Winners from the GGSF are eligible to compete at either the California State Science Fair or the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Almost 50,000 seventh through twelfth grade students from six San Francisco Bay Area counties participate in this progressive competition, 300 of those students compete at GGSF.
The Golden Gate STEM Fair currently serves the following counties: San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, West Contra Costa, and Mendocino Counties.
GGSF is not simply a competition, but a science celebration that recognizes projects completed by our community's bright and curious young minds. We provide all entrants an equal opportunity to excel based solely upon their thorough scientific research.
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GGSF Needs your help!
To hold the 2018 Science Fair and send our top placing students to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair, we need to raise $60,000. We are thrilled to have the generous support from StudioInfinity in the form of a $30,000 challenge grant! To receive this gift, we have to match this amount. Your contribution means more than ever now, since every dollar you contribute will doubled by the generous grant from Studio Infinity. Please go to our Donation Page to support our bright young scientists today.
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News for 2019
Crucial Dates & Information for the 2019 Golden Gate STEM Fair (Previously the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair)
February 1 Deadline for receipt of initial papers by the Scientific Review Committee for projects involving invertebrate or vertebrate animals, human subjects, recombinant DNA, tissue, pathogenic agents, or controlled substances. These papers should be filed even though students may not yet know if they are participating in GGSF and even if their projects only involve observation or surveys. The necessary guidelines, proposal forms, and informed consent forms are available for download at the Paperwork page. The Scientific Review Committee would prefer to screen extra projects instead of disqualifying projects that have not filed papers. Projects that do not have the appropriate papers may be disqualified by the SRC.
Dear SFBASF Community:
Marcus Wojtkowiak, Randall Museum Science Program Coordinator and SF Middle School Science Fair Coordinator, has assumed the role as Executive Director and is in the process of rebuilding the team. Bob Fabini will continue to be the GGSF Assistant Director to ensure that future operations run smoothly in this transition. There are plans in place to not only reinstate the Bay Area Science Fair for 2018, but to expand the Science Fair festival to celebrate our young scientists’ work and showcase contemporary technology and research.
We have created a new Board of Directors, but we still could use help from the Bay Area science community in the rebuilding effort. If you or any colleague is interested in joining the GGSF operating committee, if you can help facilitate financial support, or if you just want to offer your time as a part of the team, please contact Marcus at marcus.wojtkowiak at gmail.com. The SFBASF has had a positive impact on hundreds of students every year and thousands of students compete in their local areas in order to participate in it. Please help us continue to encourage science learning and enable career paths for our diverse community of future scientists.
- Marcus Wojtkowiak, Executive Director, GGSF
- Mirel Rivera, Assistant Director, GGSF
- Marcus Wojtkowiak, Executive Director, GGSF
- Bob Fabini, Assistant Director, GGSF
Registration information will be sent out to feeder fair schools when available. Once you have sent in your entry form request, you will receive registration information from us via email. If your 7th through 12th grade students come to GGSF via Marin, San Mateo, Randall, Oakland Diocese, or West Contra Costa Science Fairs, you do not need to request registration materials. They will come from the feeder fair. Each participating student will register with a password we supply to sponsoring teachers. Students from counties not mentioned above are not eligible to participate in GGSF.
Sponsoring teachers who would like to request registration materials may do so here.
This is only necessary if your students do not come through a feeder fair.