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The California Science & Engineering Fair is the final science fair of the academic year for students throughout the State of California in grades 6 - 12, serving California's future scientists and engineers since 1952. The fair is hosted by the California Science Center.

Judging interviews of all projects in the 71st annual California Science & Engineering Fair were held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. This year there were 854 participants from 343 schools throughout the State who presented 720 projects in competition for awards totaling over $60,000.

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Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony is now available! Click here to check out your category, Sponsored Awards, and Major Fair Awards.
Project Displays
Project Presentations are available for public viewing, just as the judges saw them, at our zFairs 2022 site. Click on its menu item “Fair” and then “Showcase.”

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2022 California Science & Engineering Fair
Special Thanks to Our Benefactors and Board

In the midst of these persistently difficult times when the COVID-19 pandemic led to a yearlong closure of the California Science Center, the cancellation of the 2020 California Science & Engineering Fair and an entirely virtual Fair in 2021 and 2022, we are especially grateful to Broadcom Foundation and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation for supporting the realization of the 71st Annual California Science & Engineering Fair to recognize the achievements of our state’s brightest young scholars in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

We also thank the intrepid California Science & Engineering Fair Board members for their commitment to the student participants and their extraordinary efforts to preserve the enthusiasm for science that the Fair has come to embody. We applaud their ingenuity, resourcefulness and perseverance in the face of so many unprecedented challenges.


Haven't been to the Fair? Here are some of the photographs from previous years taken by our photographer. For the historically-minded, here's a short photo essay using photographs taken a few decades ago.

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