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Welcome to the Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair!

The Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair (ACSEF) is affiliated with Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge the prestigious national middle school competition, CSEF - CA state science & engineering fair competition, and Regeneron ISEF the international science fair competition.

Calling All Students!

Interested in discovering something or inventing something new? Grade 6-12 students educated within Alameda County from home school, charter, public, private and parochial schools are eligible to participate in the fair held annually in March. 

Not a Student?

That's okay! There are plenty of other ways to get involved. Please check out the following pages on how you can support ACSEF.

Check Out Our ACSEF 2023 Shirt Design!

Winning Design

Congratulations to the winning team of student designers for their incredible design!

Matthew, Fremont Christian School

Daniel, Fremont Christian School

Melody, Fremont Christian School

Thank you to all students who submitted a design this year. We really enjoyed seeing all of the artwork you shared with us. We will be showing off the rest of the designs throughout our social media channels leading up to the fair.

Preorder Your ACSEF 2023 Shirt Today!

Order By March 5th

Pick up at ACSEF 2023 (March 24th and 25th)

$14.90 + tax per shirt

General Applications are still being accepted for ACSEF 2023

Important Announcement (as of January 15, 2023) 

  • Absolute deadline before midnight February 10th. 

  • HOWEVER, space may be limited at our venue - we suggest you complete both steps of the application process sooner than the absolute deadline.

  • Your project does NOT need to already be completed. 

  • All students have until March 10 to complete their research and data analysis.

Follow these steps before the deadline ends on February 10th

**If your school holds a science fair - you must wait until your school notifies ACSEF that your project is promoted and eligible to submit an application. 

***Everyone else can proceed with the instructions below.

1. Go to the Project Wizard - If you respond NO to ALL statements in the blocks then you meet the criteria to submit a General Application.

2. Open the link to the General Application. 

Page 1 - Read and Do what is asked. 

Page 2 - Read Step 1 things to know and do 

At the bottom of page 2 you'll find the link to submit personal, school and project information. This will complete STEP 1 of 2.

Page 3 - Read Step 2 things to know and do -  

Page 4 - Application Forms to fill out and instructions on how to submit the application by email.

If you have any questions - don't wait - contact or call 925-353-4414 right away.

*The deadline to submit a Project Proposal for the Early Application (Responding YES to one or more statements in the Project Wizard blocks) has ended. 

Clear your activities calendar for these dates (3/24 - 3/26) from 8 am until 3:30 pm


February 8, 2023​​

ACSEF 2023 Display Item Guidelines now Available!

January 6, 2023​​

Judge and Volunteer Registration for the 2023 Fair is now open! Visit our zFairs page to register today!

December 6, 2022​​

We are hosting several outreach programs this year to Title 1 Students in Newark, New Haven, and Fremont Unified School Districts (Grades 6-12). Click for more details!

December 6, 2022​​

We hosted a webinar on selecting a project topics, general applications, and project proposals

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November 30, 2022​​

The ACSEF 2023 Schedule has been announced! See details below.

October 21, 2022​​

We hosted a webinar on writing the PERFECT Proposal and Research Plan

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Become a Patron Donor

The IRS requires 501(C)(3) public charity nonprofit organizations to receive 1/3 of their funding from the public at large. We are short of that this year. Every $25 or more donation helps.

Tax ID 45-1800245

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

March 24-26, 2023​​       ACSEF 2023 Weekend!

ACSEF 2023

SET-UP | March 24, 2023

     Location: Ohlone College Newark Center for        Health and Sciences and Technology

     3:00 - 8:00 PM Project Display Set Up

JUDGING | March 25, 2023

     Location: Ohlone College Newark Center for Health and Sciences and Technology

     9:00 - 11:30 AM          Round 1 Judging

     11:30 AM - 1:30 PM    Public Viewing Hours

     2:00 - 3:30 PM             Round 2 Judging

AWARDS | March 26, 2023

      Location: Dublin Performing Arts Center

      1:00 - 2:30 PM    Middle School Award Ceremony 

      4:00 - 5:30 PM    High School Award Ceremony


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The Synopsys Outreach Foundation • Chevron Education • Professional Engineers in California Government • Society for Science • Exelixis • Ohlone For Kids • Sandia National Laboratories • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory • Consor • and the combined efforts of the Alameda County Water and Wastewater Agencies  • Broadcom Foundation

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