Golden Gate STEM Fair

Virtual Competition March 18th, 2024

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Formerly the SF Bay Area Science Fair

A Progressive Science Competition for Grades 6 – 12

Participating in the 2024 GGSF

March 18 – 23, 2024

This year, the Golden Gate STEM Fair competition will be held virtually on the zFair platform. This means to have all of your paperwork in a digital format.

Participation: Only experiment-based projects based on the Scientific Method will be accepted, no research projects. If you want to participate in GGSF 2024 you MUST live in one of the counties listed below. If you are in Middle School and live in West Contra Costa  or San Francisco you must participate in those fairs to move on to GGSF.  If so, click the button below to register on our online fair platform.

  • Napa
  • Marin
  • Mendocino
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Solano
  • Sonoma
  • West Contra Costa


Awards for All of the Outstanding Student Scientists

Welcome to the Golden Gate STEM Fair!

In addition to category placement awards, Golden Gate STEM Fair provides over 25 “special awards” totaling over $3,000 from national/community organizations and corporate sponsors that highlight individual achievement in specific areas or themes. The awards include some financial prizes from sponsors like Chevron, who award ingenuity and innovation, as well as prestigious recognition from STEM associations. Middle school and High school projects could be eligible for awards from organizations like:

  • Intel (for projects in computer science)
  • NASA, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association, American Meteorological Society
  • Society for In-Vitro Biology
  • Office of Naval Research
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of Women Geoscientists
  • California Association of Professional Scientists
  • Yale Science & Engineering Association  and many more!
Some 2019 winners  |  View All

Registration Information

Are you ready to match your project with other top student scientists across the San Francisco Bay Area? Learn about all the necessary steps to enter the Golden Gate STEM Fair. Learn More


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Fair Director & Teacher Information

If your students do not come through a feeder fairA "Feeder Fair" is a participating Science Fair: San Francisco Middle School, Oakland Diocese, and Alameda, Napa, Marin, San Mateo,  Solano, Mendocino or West Contra Costa County Science Fairs, fair directors and teachers can request registration materials here

Forms and Information

Find guidelines, deadlines, forms and information you will need to participate in the Golden Gate STEM Fair

We Need Your Support!

This annual event was reinvigorated by people passionately support science projects as a tool to establish and refine student research skills. Self-directed science education has been shown to have significant positive impact on students and directly supports Next Generation Science Standards.

If you would like to volunteer for the fair please email the Director.

GGSF is FREE for students to participate. To maintain this accessibility for all, we depend on community support. Please help us keep this fair sustainable and growing by donating today. The more support we receive, the more students we can reach and get involved!