Welcome to the Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to the Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair!


A Little Bit About the Fair

The annual Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair showcases students in Monterey County who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. This competition celebrates achievement by middle and high school students supported by their parents, teachers, and schools.

Through the annual Fair competition, hundreds of the county's students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and a half dozen other categories.

The Monterey County Science & Engineering Fair a collaborative effort that is sponsored by the Monterey County Office of Education, the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, California State University Monterey Bay, and many community partners. It is affiliated with the Society for Science & the Public,and selects projects which go on to compete and win in other state and national competitions, including the prestigious International Science & Engineering Fair.

Every student is celebrated and encouraged by the hundreds of other attending students, parents, teachers, mentors, sponsors, judges, and members of the public.

Students will present projects in junior (6th - 8th grade) and senior (9th - 12th grade) divisions in multiple areas of study. Fair participants are drawn from public, private, parochial and home-schools in Monterey County. The last day to submit a project is Wednesday February 24.  Judging will begin on Monday, March 8, at 12 PM. Final judging will occur on Saturday, March 20. Outstanding projects in each category will be posted on Sunday afternoon, March 21 at 1 PM.


Create an online folder for judges where you will place your portfolio: notebook, poster (or tri-fold board), and video (e.g., GoogleDrive). This link provides instructions on how to set up the folder and details about the three items you will place in it.

Convert a physical lab notebook into a digital file with this step-by-step guide.

Access the complete Student Guide (Please note, many portions of the student guide do not apply for the 2021 fair since we will be entirely virtual.)


Informational Webinar


Student Testimonial




Thank you to our sponsors!


The William McCaskey Chapman and Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation



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