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October 23, 2012 > Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair

Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair

By Patti Carothers, Director

Fall is here and of course that means it is time to start thinking of Science Fair Projects! The Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair offers more than $25,000 in cash awards, an opportunity for scholarships, internships and academic recognition. Additionally ACSEF participants can earn one of 60 or more special awards from other organizations who wish to honor their participation and also have the opportunity to advance to the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the California State Science Fair.

High school students will find that colleges are looking for students who have participated in science fairs as a way to separate them from all other applicants.

All students grade 6-12 who attend public, charter, private schools or are home schooled within Alameda County are encouraged to get involved in the second annual Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair by doing a science research, computer science or engineering project.

This year the county science fair will be held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on March 8-9, 2013. March 8 is project set up day. March 9, project judging and awards ceremony.

It's easy transportation from all cities in Alameda County by freeway, to the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Or, take B.A.R.T to Pleasanton, then board the free ACSEF shuttle bus service w/special passes to and from the fairgrounds on the fair dates.

November 26, 2012: Early online registration & mailed application deadline ONLY for project proposals with:

Microbial cultures, rDNA, live subjects/tissues (vertebrate animals & humans), potentially hazardous chemicals, activities and devices. Each of these requires pre-experimental safety approval by fair committee.

January 28, 2013: Regular online registration & application. This is the deadline for all OTHER types of projects not listed above and do not require pre-experimental safety approval.

For more information or to learn how to get started - administrators, teachers, students, parents may contact the ACSEF director, Patti Carothers, at or phone (925) 426-7879 or go online at

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