Golden Gate


March 17 - 23, 2019

Registration Information

Previously the SF Bay Area Science Fair

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 STEM Fair Students Workingextended 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. (S) is a virtual space for exploring the ideas underlying the structures we see around us.

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.  

Registration Information

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

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.