Santa Barbara County Science Fair

2015 Science Fair

The 2015 Fair will be held on March 5th and 6th in UC Santa Barbara's Corwin Pavilion.  Registration for projects and for judges is now completed  A full list of confirmed participants is available via the "Confirmed Participants" link at left. 

As you prepare for the Fair, the current Student Handbook contains the rules for creating your display and has suggestions for preparing to meet the judges.  Additionally, the Student Schedule of Events is now available for download. 



Petey Roney from Goleta Valley Junior High qualified to compete in the 2014 Broadcom Masters National Science Fair where he won the First Place Science Award

2014 Science Fair

The 2014 Science Fair was a success.  We had 114 projects and 127 students competing for almost $4,000 in prizes and for advancement to the California State Science Fair.  A full list of the winners is available here.  

Santa Barbara sent the top twenty-four projects on to the California State Science Fair where ten of the students were recognized with awards.

Amanda Roberts (Goleta Valley Junior High): 1st place in the Product Science (Physical) division

James Roney (Goleta Valley Junior High): 2nd place in the Zoology division 

Justin Lehman (La Colina Junior High): 4th place in the Biochemistry/Molecular Biology division
Keegan Noronha (La Colina Junior High): 4th place in the Cognitive Science division
Daniela Castleberg (Santa Barbara Junior High): 4th place in the Physics and Astronomy division

Eric Wilson (Goleta Valley Junior High): Honorable Mention in the Mathematics and Software division and the Ratheon Junior Achievement Award
Ishani Ghosh (La Colina Junior High): Honorable Mention in the Environmental Engineering division
Emily Mirbod (La Colina Junior High): Honorable Mention in the Cognitive Science division
Ilana Shapiro (La Colina Junior High): Honorable Mention in the Physics and Astronomy division
Brooke Fairfield (Goleta Valley Junior High): Honorable Mention in the Plant Biology division

Finally, thanks again to all of our sponsors including:

Raytheon Science and Engineering Council of Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara


Network of Santa Barbara
County Water Providers
Montecito Bank & Trust
Benz Research Venoco Inc. 




Innovations In Education Video

The SBCEO has put together a nice video describing the various ways to participate in the Science Fair. If you have questions about competing or volunteering, this is worth watching.


You Can Help

The Santa Barbara County Science Fair is a community sponsored and organized event.  If you would like to support the Fair, there are a variety of ways you can help:

  • Judges are the basis for putting on the science fair and we can never have too many.  Judges spend the morning of the Fair interviewing the student-scientists about their work to generate the rankings.  If you have a background in the sciences and can spare four hours on a Friday morning for some fun, we could use the help.  For more information, please email the Judging Coordinator.
  • The organizing committee meets several times over the year in order to plan the details of the Fair.  The members are individuals and representatives from businesses or community groups that are dedicated to raising the profile and quality of science education in the County.  If you or your organization would like to get involved, please contact us.
  • In addition to awarding medals and qualifying projects for the California State Science Fair, competators are also vying for a variety of special awards.  These are donated by members of the community and generally focus on a scientific area or discipline (i.e. watershed, evolutionary biology, electronics, etc.) important to the donor.  If you are interested in participating by sponsoring a special award, please contact us.
  • Finally, we also need donations to make it all possible.  While the fair is organized by volunteers, there are substantial costs for hosting the event.  If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to the Fair, you can do so via the PayPal link at right.


Contact Information

Send general questions about the fair or this site to

Send questions regarding judging to

Mailing address:

Santa Barbara County Science Fair
P.O. Box 6307
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-6307