Science & Engineering Fair
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The Tulare County Science & Engineering Fair is held annually in the Spring. Traditionally, over 100 projects are entered into competition and on display for public viewing. These projects recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements in science and engineering by students throughout Tulare County. Science experts representing a wide variety of public and private sectors are invited to judge the projects.

The outcomes for the Science & Engineering Fair are to:

  • motivate and develop the interests of ALL students in STEM fields.
  • recognize the achievements and efforts of students in STEM.
  • encourage independent and/or group research and development.
  • identify exemplary projects that will advance to the California State Science and Engineering Fair.

Students in grades 3-12 may enter the Science & Engineering Fair. Projects may enter the fair in one of two divisions: Competitive and Non-Competitive. All projects must adhere to the scientific method or engineering design process.

Project topics will address one of the following categories:

  • Life Sciences
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Physical Science: Chemistry
  • Physical Science: Physics
  • Engineering and Mathematics
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences

The final category placement of each project will be determined by TCOE.

Competitive Project Information

  • Individuals and groups of 2-3 may enter projects.
  • All who develop the project have the opportunity to be interviewed by judges the day of the event. (Interviews are not mandatory, but are recommended).
  • All projects will be recognized with a participation ribbon.
  • Each category will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places awarded.
  • Judges will select the top six projects that will advance to the California Science and Engineering Fair.

Non-Competitive Project Information

  • Individual students, groups of students, and families of students in grades 3-12 may enter a project in the Non-Competitive division.
  • Non-Competitive projects are an opportunity for newcomers to the Science & Engineering Fair process to become familiar with the event.
  • Non-Competitive projects will be recognized with a participation ribbon.
  • Non-competitive projects are not eligible to advance to the California Science and Engineering Fair.

Each project will require a $10 entry fee.