Welcome to the Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair!

The Synopsys Outreach Foundation ACSEF is affiliated with Broadcom Masters the prestigious national middle school competition, CSEF - CA state science & engineering fair competition, and Regeneron ISEF the international science fair competition.

Check Out Highlights from last years fair:


September 7, 2022​​

Announcing our 2022-2023 Mentorship Program run by our very own Student Leadership Board (SLB). Interested in being a mentor or mentee

August 29, 2022​​

Have a creative side? Enter in our design contest to create our 2023 ACSEF t-shirt. Find more details to enter here

July 7, 2022​​

Announcing the ACSEF Shadow Program to empower teachers and students with an I CAN DO THIS attitude towards STEM. Currently seeking Participants and Donors 


June 1, 2022

We have a new Fair Director, Balita Shepperson. Balita has been a part of our board over the last 8 years and she is looking forward to continuing on the fair's impact across Alameda County 

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

March 24-26, 2023​​       Synopsys Outreach Foundation ACSEF 2023 Fair Weekend!

ACSEF 2023

Our ACSEF 2023 dates are now set:

Set-up: March 24, 2023, Location: TBD

Judging: March 25, 2023, Location: TBD

Awards: March 26, 2023, Location: TBD


Interested in Participating?

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. Please check out the Students page to see more details on how to participate in the upcoming science fair

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.

Mentorship Program 2022-2023

Our Mission:

Our student leadership board is hosting this years Mentorship Program to empower new students in STEM and guide them in pursuing their research interests. Our experienced high school mentors will help students maximize their potential to create successful science fair projects!


Everyone has ideas and interests, and the SLB Mentorship Program is meant to help students apply themselves and develop in them a lifelong love of problem-solving and research.

Eligibility Requirements:

Mentees: Attend a School in Alameda County & Participate in ACSEF 2023

Mentors: Attend a School in Alameda County, Prior Experience in ACSEF, & Participate in ACSEF 2023

Sign Up Today!



The Synopsys Outreach Foundation • Chevron Education • Professional Engineers in California Government • CBRE • Exelixis • Broadcom Foundation •Sandia National Laboratories • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CPM Associates, Inc, and the combined efforts of the Alameda County Water and Wastewater Agencies