Project Application Deadline EXTENDED: Feb. 18, 2014
Project Set-up: March 18, 2014
Project Judging: March 19, 2014
Awards: March 20, 2014
Welcome to our 60th Ventura County Science Fair. We have come a long way since a handful of students competed in our first county science fair in 1955. Now with nearly 1,000 students participating, the science fair continues to experience tremendous growth, both in participation and sponsorship.
With categories from Animal Sciences to Physics, the science fair is designed to promote, encourage, showcase and reward the achievements of our students in the various fields of science. By developing skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, students are laying the groundwork for their future success.
Spreading the excitement of science is a cooperative education effort. Without the help and support of our sponsors, volunteers, parents, and teachers, this worthwhile event would not be such a great success. On behalf of my office and the Science Fair, I thank you for your participation and hard work, and look forward to a fun, successful, and educational event.
The Science Fair brings together students, teachers, and scientists from around the county to:
- Develop in students an awareness of the importance of science in their lives and to cultivate students’ interest in science.
- Support students’ acquisition of scientific knowledge and research skills.
- Extend and reinforce the Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.
- Recognize and reward outstanding achievement in science.
- Motivate students to undertake and complete scientific inquiries in their special areas of interest.
Science Fair Participants
Each year thousands of Ventura County student’s, in grades 6-12, complete science research projects at their schools, and nearly 1,000 of those students earn the right to compete at the Ventura County Science Fair.
Approximately 75 of our top students are invited to the State Science Fair to compete with their peers from across California where many of our past students have placed in the top three for their category and some have been awarded Project of the Year.
Science Fair Judges
Approximately 275 science, engineering, and industry professionals from throughout Ventura County volunteer their time to serve as judges for the Science Fair.
Science Fair Tradition
In 1954, two Ventura County students entered projects in the California State Fair in Los Angeles, which had started two years earlier. Since there was no Ventura County Science Fair at the time, Frank Aldon Nowak, a Santa Paula High School senior, was forced to enter his project, "Amateur Astronomy," directly to the state competition. Likewise for Oxnard High School sophomore Lloyd Raymond Taylor, whose project was titled, "Progress in Radio and Communications."
The following year, 1955, the Ventura County Science Fair was established, and by 1957, the VCSF was sending eight young budding scientists, mostly from Ventura and Oxnard, to the state contest. Project titles from that year included, "Crystal Structure," "Human Blood," "Our Mineral Oil Friend," and "How Would You Describe This Leaf?"